The Six Nations champions England, saw their title defense reduced to rubble at the Principality Stadium as Wayne Pivac’s Grand Slam challengers lifted the Triple Crown after amassing their highest Test score against their fierce rivals.
But the ultimately-emphatic victory was shrouded in controversy after Gauzere had awarded two controversial tries inside the opening 30 minutes, the first of which the former England captain and boss Martin Johnson, described as “absolutely appalling.”
However, England have confirmed that they will not make an official complaint to World Rugby over the referee’s performance, but while acknowledging that Wales were “worthy winners” as his own team’s kamikaze discipline yielded 14 penalties, Eddie Jones then made it clear that by awarding dubious tries to Josh Adams and Liam Williams, Gauzere had made two crucial interventions.
“They’re huge decisions. We can’t debate it, we are not allowed to debate it. All I will end up with is a fine and that won’t help anyone,” said Jones. The dog won’t be able to eat its food, wife won’t be able to eat, so I can’t say anything.”
When asked if the decisions changed the game, Jones replied: “Well, they get points maybe they don’t deserve and we have to fight to get back into the game.
“It makes it difficult and you have to be good enough to overcome it. They were worthy winners, but we have to be good enough to overcome those, as unusual as they might be.
“There were times we gave away penalties we shouldn’t have, it was just from the effort and sometimes you get in situations where emotionally you struggle because of the circumstances and you try too hard. That happens.
“Whenever you get beaten and bettered by a penalty, then discipline is an issue. But there were bigger issues in the game than that, and I will let you discuss them.
“Wales (were) worthy winners. We take full responsibility and don’t blame the referee. But sometimes there are circumstances that happen that are difficult to handle and we weren’t good enough to handle them. I want my dog to eat food, so I am not going to say anything.”