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Talking Point: Brian Moore says Gloucester v Bath mayhem at Kingsholm was not the fault of referee Tim Wigglesworth

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 14, 2014

Kingsholm crunch: Gloucester and bath players clash

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FORMER England hooker Brian Moore has waded into the Gloucester/Bath row and insists referee Tim Wigglesworth was not to blame for what happened at Kingsholm on Saturday.

Moore, a World Cup runner-up with his country in 1991, says that Wigglesworth had little choice but to send off two Gloucester players and send a further five players to the sin bin.

Three Bath players and two Gloucester players saw yellow in a game won 18-17 by the visitors after they were awarded a late penalty try.

Moore insists all the cards were justifiable although he accepts that possibly Jonny May and not Mike Tindall should have been sent to the bin in the closing stages.

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Writing in his regular column in the Daily Telegraph, Moore says: "The fact that cumulatively the card count was huge and left Gloucexster with something approaching a sevens side is not the referee's fault. It is the fault of the players who contrived to commit one horrendous high tackle, cynically killed the ball in the red zone or dealt out punches as if in a bar brawl.

"Tell me this - what is a referee supposed to do when this happens?"

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  • RoccoAgain54  |  May 09 2014, 10:14PM

    Harden is a superb player and rightly Gloucester Rugby's first choice in the No. 3 shirt.

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  • DeadeyeGlaws7  |  May 09 2014, 10:10PM

    Harden has class, there is no doubt about that. He is Gloucester's number one tight head by merit.

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  • DaveBaldwin78  |  May 09 2014, 10:07PM

    Harden has had a storming season. It is no wonder he is selected to start the most games of all the front row forwards. And not just any old games. It is the key games where you need your best players.

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  • Wilson642  |  May 09 2014, 10:06PM

    Harden has been an absolute star this season. He deserves an early contract renewal for the great effort he has put in this season.

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  • RoccoAgain54  |  May 09 2014, 10:04PM

    Harden = Gloucester Rugby's first choice tight head. No doubt about it!

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  • StanOfGlaws1  |  May 09 2014, 9:59PM

    I love the way, week after week, that Rupҽrt Hardҽn plants a great big dollop of egg on the face of the BANNED multi-ID troll DavidMason//Robert Timms/Django_G/gloslover-not/dumbanddumber20/dopey-lerone/bikeshed etc. (whichever one he thinks he is today). The troll wouldn't know a decent tight-head if he was slapped around the head by one, though he would enjoy the experience immensely.

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  • DaveBaldwin78  |  May 09 2014, 9:55PM

    It's hilarious the way the Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn hating multi-troll switches from his "DavidMason" identity to his "Robert Timms" identity expecting everyone to take him seriously. Rupҽrt Hardҽn... Most starts at tight head.... Most starts of any front row player this season. That proves he is the top rated tight head at Gloucester.

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  • Wilson642  |  May 09 2014, 7:27PM

    Let's face it, the so-called "DavidMason" with his latest pnony identity "Robert Timms" is just the same clueless dull old Gloucester hating multi-identity troll who has never been to any Gloucester game at Kingsholm, let alone any away. # Rupҽrt Hardҽn is Gloucester Rugby's stand-out tight head. ND knows it which is why he selects him to start all the critical games.

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  • alex_bound1  |  May 05 2014, 12:22PM

    ...And up pops the Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn hating multi-troll and RENT-A-QUOTE, "DavidMason" with his latest pnony identity "Robert Timms" with his usual drivel demonstrating again that he hasn't got the first clue about rugby union. Remember, he has never been to any Gloucester Rugby games and he has no idea where Kingsholm is or who any of the players are. He most certainly has never, ever played the game and, once again, he has just proven how clueless and dull he is.

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  • Robert Timms  |  April 14 2014, 7:00PM

    Brian You got it wrong the ref. controls the game , he frustrated both teams by his inconsistency he did not control the game , he should not have given the penalty try it should have been a penalty to Bath , he thought lets end this mess and gave the penalty try, in my book was wrong, ex Glos winger

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