James Haskell made a bit of a boo boo in the first half of England’s winning test against Italy on Sunday.
— Matt (@MattheWilcox) February 26, 2017
The Italians had a strategy not to commit players at the breakdown, thereby not forming a ruck and enabling their players to run rings around a confused England.
Haskell and others were a bit confused about the tactic, and so decided to ask the ref what to do about it. Not a great decision as Romain Poite retorted “I’m the referee, not the coach”.
— Lewis Davey (@LewisDavey1) February 26, 2017
This little verbal tussle led fans to feel like they should help Haskell out with the rules a little.
Great tactics by Italy by not forming a ruck, English pros should know the law, Haskell & Hartley complacent #EngvIta #6nations #sixnations pic.twitter.com/lGvIp5lNQf— Richard Moore (@richardmoore127) February 26, 2017
— K Y L E (@Kyle_Evans1) February 26, 2017
It looks like all the tweets paid off as Haskell and the wider England team had a much better second half…
… and they ended up winning 36-15.