Saracens fume over ‘poor’ yellow

Date published: October 4 2014

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Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall was left unimpressed by referee Greg Garner’s yellow card for Chris Ashton.

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall was left unimpressed by referee Greg Garner’s yellow card for Chris Ashton.

Ashton spent ten minutes in the bin for a deliberate knock-on but McCall saw it differently, underlining that the England winger was clearly going to intercept the ball.

In Ashton’s absence Bath racked up ten points, ultimately the difference in the 21-11 scoreline.

“I thought it was a poor decision,” said McCall.

“He (Ashton) clearly went for the intercept and the ball hit him twice on the arm. It didn’t look like a deliberate knock-on to me. It was a big call to get wrong.

“We are disappointed with the result, obviously.

“Bath are a very good team. They are well-coached, they’ve got good players and give them a lot of credit, I thought they played very well.

“Once they got their noses in front they defended well and were hard to break down.

“We gave away a lot of set-piece penalties and clearly Chris Ashton’s sin-binning was a significant moment in the match because we conceded 10 points in that time.”

The loss sees Saracens drop off the top spot in the league, replaced by Bath, as they became the last side to lose their 100 percent winning record this season.

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