Dan Biggar got a lot of stick over the weekend for his incessant moaning to referee Glen Jackson. His actions irked many rugby fans on the day and even former Wales captain Martyn Williams who has come out on BBC's Scrum V advising the outside half to cut that aspect out of his game.
Biggar's protesting ended up being to the detriment of his team during Wales' Six Nations clash with Ireland on Saturday. Biggar indulged in some exaggerated arm flailing as he perceived he was tackled in the air by Jacob Stockdale. Because of his protestations Biggar subsuquently lost the ball and gave Ireland the platform to score their third try of the match.
Ireland 3rd try and it all started because of Dan Biggar doing this. Disgraceful ! pic.twitter.com/Hu8meiRH5q
— TheWelshDragon ? (@TheWelshDragon9) February 24, 2018
Williams stated in studio that the constant moaning of Biggar would need to be curtailed as it was damaging his team's chances:
It is something he has to take out of his game. Senior players have to say '50-50 calls might go to the other team because you constantly complain'. He is one of the senior players. They have to pull him aside and say 'Dan you are killing us here'.
Referees are human and if someone is into you all the time you don't get the calls. For 60 minutes of that game he did not stop complaining.
At this level that is unacceptable, you can't be complaining all the time. If he is going to penalise Ireland he is going to penalise Ireland, whether you throw your arms in the air or not.
We are all competitive and all want to win but the best 10 you have ever seen, [former New Zealand fly-half] Dan Carter, is the coolest guy you will ever see.
When asked about the outside half's temperament against Ireland Wales forwards coach Robin McBryde stopped short of criticising the Ospreys player but did concede that Biggar treads a fine line at times:
That’s the nature of Dan. He’s always been the same (giving orders). We’ve all seen it over the years. It’s one of his strengths but it’s a fine line.
After the defeat in Dublin Wales lie in fourth place in the Six Nation's table, their campaign effectively over after consecutive losses to England and Ireland.