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Johnny Sexton Unsure About Controversial TMO Decision Against Italy

Johnny Sexton Unsure About Controversial TMO Decision Against Italy

It was a comfortable afternoon for Ireland in Rome, with Andy Farrell's side running out 48-10 winners over Italy.

They played some excellent attacking rugby at times, with the scoreline in no way flattering the visitors.

Italy were certainly in the game in the early stages. They launched a couple of assaults on the Irish line, none of which came off. They were also helped by some questionable officiating.

Ireland were convinced they had scored the opening try of the game in the ninth minute, with Iain Henderson seemingly touching down despite pressure from the Italian defenders.

The referee originally felt that Henderson had knocked the ball on, a call that was understandable in real time. However, replays clearly showed that the Ulster man had control of the ball when it was touched down.

Despite this, TMO Romain Poite said that the knock-on was the correct call. We're not sure how he came to that conclusion, an opinion shared by Johnny Sexton.

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This decision made little difference in the end, but it was still discussed in the Sexton's post-match interview.

The Ireland captain said he was unaware that Poite was the TMO on the day and certainly still felt that it was a try.

Was he the TMO? I didn't know it was Romain.

I thought it was a try early on, but thankfully it didn't matter because we scored straight after.

It was a good reaction by the boys because sometimes when you get a decision that you feel you deserve you can get a bit distracted. I've been there before, I was probably a little bit distracted myself for a while.

We're very happy to come over here. They're a very good and well coached side.

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Unsurprisingly, Poite's decision received plenty of criticism in this part of the world.

We already look forward to seeing him involved in another Ireland game.

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Gary Connaughton

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