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Rugby union: talking points from the Premiership’s weekend action

Billy Vunipola’s clash with the referee caused confusion, bonus points have helped lowly Bristol and biting claims at Newcastle

The referee, JP Doyle, ruled out two Saracens tries in the second half. Billy Vunipola charged at him and on through Chris Robshaw’s tackle for the first. The TMO felt Robshaw was unimpeded but Doyle reckoned he had blocked his view. Difficult that one. Jury out. Then, Saracens thought they had scored a beauty but at the final ruck Danny Care shoved Liam Williams, who charged at Care. Neither influenced the outcome but it was foul play. Doyle sent both to the bin and awarded Saracens the penalty. This feels weird. If the penalty was Saracens’, shouldn’t advantage have applied? But if Williams’s retaliation was worth a yellow shouldn’t the penalty have been reversed in Quins’ favour? Saracens scored both times at the next play anyway. Michael Aylwin

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