Bobby Windsor on Wales's scrum dominance: England's forward coach Graham Rowntree is a moaner
BOBBY Windsor has told England's forward coach Graham Rowntree to stop moaning — but the legendary hooker admits Wales did dupe referee Steve Walsh in the Six Nations decider at the Millennium Stadium.
An "annoyed" Rowntree is to ask the International Rugby Board for clarification over the performance of the New Zealand official in last Saturday's 30-3 defeat to Wales.
Wales are supposed to have admitted privately after the match that they collapsed the scrum on six occasions but it was England, unable to hold them up, who were penalised. England also have issues with the key turnover which led to Alex Cuthbert's first try, a moment head coach Stuart Lancaster described as "the tipping point" in the game.
Rowntree said he stayed up on Saturday night watching the game "forensically" and was left frustrated by some of the outcomes. He will now be taking the matter up with rugby's highest authority.
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But former Lions and Wales forward Windsor isn't impressed, saying: "He is whingeing. If you lose and you complain it's whingeing, and that is what Rowntree is doing.
"Wales did con the referee in the scrums. Gethin Jenkins was standing up at one point and the decision didn't go England's way, and Adam Jones was binding on the arm in one scrum.
"But England can't moan, because their props would no doubt have tried it on themselves in the past and taken the decisions when they are awarded in their favour.
"Scrummaging is about what you can get away with. Everyone cons the referee: England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France, Italy — everyone.
"When I was playing you'd sort out cheating yourselves. If someone was pulling the wool over a ref's eyes, you'd smack them in the chops. That tended to stop what was going on pretty quickly.
"Wales won last Saturday because they were more streetwise. England were hopeless. That's what Rowntree should be more concerned about."
Rowntree is confident England will still have a healthy representation on the Lions tour to Australia this summer, saying: "Going into the game against Wales a lot of our guys had a lot of credit in the bank in terms of performances."