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Friday 18 August 2017

Dickinson critices Irish ref George Clancy for scrum chaos

Italy's scrum half Edoardo Gori (L) celebrates on the pitch after the Six Nations international rugby union match between Scotland and Italy at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Scotland on February 28, 2015
Italy's scrum half Edoardo Gori (L) celebrates on the pitch after the Six Nations international rugby union match between Scotland and Italy at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Scotland on February 28, 2015

Scotland prop Alasdair Dickinson has criticised George Clancy following the Irish referee's controversial Murrayfield performance.

Scotland slumped to their third defeat of this year's Six Nations after going down 22-19 to Italy, leaving them staring at the ignominy of a fourth wooden spoon in 11 years.

But while Dickinson admitted the Dark Blues "should have stopped" the driving mauls Italy used to devastating effect as they stormed back to win with a last-gasp penalty try, the Edinburgh forward insisted Clancy did nothing to help them at the scrum.

The set-piece duel was held up time and again as the official lectured both sides on their engage method before finally scolding the front-rowers for showing a "terrible attitude".

Dickinson said: "I think he was making a mountain out of a molehill. I better stay politically correct - but when he let us scrum, we scrummed really well and got penalties.

"It seems like front-rows don't know anything about scrummaging any more - and refs do."

SCOTLAND 19 ITALY 22

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