England and Argentina have been criticised over a protracted delay earlier than scoring a try that helped either side progress from their World Rugby Sevens males’s group in Toulouse.
England’s Will Homer ran down the clock by greater than two minutes earlier than being challenged and grounding the ball.
Argentina gained the sport 19-7, with the end result which means either side progressed at Canada’s expense on factors distinction.
Former referee Nigel Owens stated it was “towards the spirit of the sport”.
“When I used to be refereeing on the WR 7s circuit we’d inform the participant to floor the ball on this scenario. I’m amazed the referee hasn’t advised him too,” added Owens.
In a post on social media concerning the incident, World Rugby Sevens stated: “Unique. Bizarre. Controversial.”
It added: “Time appears to face nonetheless in Toulouse as England intentionally delay scoring the try that takes them by means of to the quarter-finals – and Argentina, down to 6 males and additionally going by means of, allow them to.”
The controversial rating occurred when England’s Homer acquired the ball a few metres from his personal line, dummied his method by means of the Argentina line of defense and raced clear.
With no Argentina defenders chasing him, he first slowed to a trot and then stood within the Argentina in-goal space holding the ball and appeared to the England bench for recommendation on what to do.
He was suggested to run down the clock and proceeded to face there for greater than two minutes, with no Argentine defender approaching him, regardless of encouragement – however not insistence – from the referee for both Homer to place the ball down or a defender to drive him to take action.
He lastly dotted the ball down with the clock having been run down considerably.
The end result meant Argentina, England and Canada had been all tied on seven factors on the finish of their Pool A video games within the newest spherical of the World Rugby Sevens sequence.
It ensured Argentina completed prime and second-placed England went by means of to the quarter-finals with them, as their factors distinction was 4 higher than that of third-placed Canada.
In the final eight, England had been overwhelmed by Samoa and Argentina misplaced to Ireland.