20th Mar 2013 10:27am | By Editor
"No complaints," was Stuart Lancaster's initial response to England's 30-3 hammering at the hands of Wales in the Championship deciding final game of this years Six Nations.
However it appears that's not entirely true, as England are set to make an official complaint about referee Steve Walsh.
According to reports England's forwards coach Graham Rowntree was "annoyed and frustrated" after reviewing a tape of the match.
Rowntree alleges the Kiwi referee who is registered in Australia, "made significant errors".
"I sat up on Saturday night and watched the game again forensically. I'm annoyed at a lot of the outcomes and I will be speaking to the IRB to get some clarification about it," Rowntree told the Guardian.
On the day of the game there was little by way of criticism from pundits or the media who said Wales's front row were simply dominant.
Walsh, the 2012 Super Rugby Referee of the Year, was born in New Zealand and took up refereeing at 16 after he was forced to give up playing rugby following a spinal injury.
England were repeatedly penalised at the scrum with both props finding it tough going against veteran Welsh forwards Gethin Jenkins and standout Championship tighthead Adam Jones.
A voice of support for Walsh came from an unlikely source, that of former England hooker Brian Moore who tweeted to say: "Walsh's referring of scrums was no worse than his peers.
"I do not think England should be speaking to the media about their IRB complaint."
Although the BBC commentator also said that the way Walsh spoke to England hooker Tom Youngs was "unprofessional".
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