Fans have jumped on Twitter to praise referee Nigel Owens for calling out the Racing 92 scrum half for not using the ball at a breakdown.
The legendary referee gave Teddy Iribaren the call to “use it” and after five seconds awarded a scrum to Saracens early on the Champions Cup semi-final at Paris La Défense Arena.
Fans and pundits expressed sheer delight that Owens had turned over possession for a rule which many feel has been neglected for years.
21 | Nigel Owens awards Sarries a scrum as Iribaren refuses to use the ball having been warned twice.
5m out from the Racing line, a big moment coming up.
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— Saracens Rugby Club (@Saracens) September 26, 2020
Well done Nigel Owens for finally calling the 9 for taking more than 5 seconds
— Sam Rowe (@Samo4Rowe) September 26, 2020
Nigel Owens clamping down on go-slow caterpillar rucks will be hard to beat as a highlight of this Euro semi-final weekend. #useit
— Chris Foy (@FoyChris) September 26, 2020
Well done nigel owens!! Calls use it,gets ignored,blows the whistle.scrum to other team pic.twitter.com/ilM2e1E294
— Nigel Smith (@NigelSmith2482) September 26, 2020
In love with that from Nigel Owens.
Asked to use it 3 times.
Rightfully turned over.
— Murray Wilson (@thetagcoach) September 26, 2020
There was a ref who did London and SE games 5/6 years ago – he still might – who used to give a feeding free-kick at the first scrum of *every* game no matter how straight the put-in was. That ‘use it’ call felt a bit like that.
— Charlie Morgan (@CharlieFelix) September 26, 2020
Great reffing from Nigel Owens there. He asked the Racing No 9 to use it twice, they were too slow and he awarded a scrum to Sarries. About time refs started enforcing this, speed up play. #RACvSAR #ChampionsCup #goodreffing
— Graeme Peacock (@graemepeacock05) September 26, 2020
You just love to see the “use it” call followed up on. Well done Nigel Owens.
— Murray Kinsella (@Murray_Kinsella) September 26, 2020
Always feel better about life when Nigel Owens is reffing a game
— Jack Duncan🔻 (@JackDunc1) September 26, 2020
Nigel Owens, you legend! Correct, (brave) call at that ridiculously slow Racing breakdown.
— Jonathan Griffin PhD (@griffperftrain) September 26, 2020
Massive shout out to Nigel Owens for calling and applying the « use it ». Miracles do happen 😆
— Lise Georgeson (@lisecarey) September 26, 2020