Gethin Jenkins claims referee was picking on him
March 11, 2014
Gethin Jenkins is shown the yellow by referee Romain Poite © Getty Images
Wales are to refer the sin-binning of prop Gethin Jenkins to the IRB after the player complained he was being picked on by referee Romain Poite, so much so that he asked not to be sent back on after serving his ten-minute punishment.
Warren Gatland would have sent Jenkins back on but said: "Gethin sent a message up to us after the yellow card: was it prudent for us to send Paul James on because he felt that personally he had been singled out."
Jenkins was twice warned by Poite for not pushing straight before he was shown the card. He was also sin-binned in Wales' previous game against France.
"I thought the scrum was a pretty evenly-matched contest," said Wales forwards' coach Robin McBryde. "Obviously, I'm going to disagree with some of the interpretations of the referee but I didn't think the difference was so glaring that it warranted a yellow card. We're on dangerous ground when the result of a game can lie on the interpretation of the scrum.
"There's a reporting process in place and I'll be speaking to Joel [Jutge, the IRB elite official manager] with regards to clarification on a few things."
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