England coach Andy Robinson slammed the match officials after his side’s gut-wrenching loss to Ireland at Twickenham.
The Irish scored a late try to snatch a 28-24 victory and the Triple Crown. However, TV replays showed the visitors’ first try by Shane Horgan should never have been awarded after the winger put a foot into touch.
“I felt we were on the wrong end of a number of decisions and that’s disappointing,” said Robinson. “Obviously it’s very frustrating, I thought the performance of the side was very good throughout with a tremendous start and I can’t understand how a touch judge can award a try as it was. He stood on the other side of the line and the ball was on the line. There was no doubt, it wasn’t even 50-50. We’ve lost the game by four points. It’s small margins, but nothing really went our way. I couldn’t fault the effort of our players.”
Meanwhile, French captain Fabien Pelous admitted his side’s Six Nations victory had come as a surprise, considering their loss to Scotland on the opening weekend of the tournament.
“Now we’ve won this tournament we are very happy,” he said. “At the beginning of the tournament we didn’t think we would win the trophy but we worked a lot and now we can take the trophy to France.”
Coach Bernard Laporte was a relieved man when Florian Fritz’s late try gave the French victory against Wales.
“You always need a bit of luck. You can never have a perfect 80 minutes but we have won four times,” he said. “We are not yet world champions but we are proud of these players. There have been matches in which we have not been brilliant, but we won four times and that means something.”