Nigel Owens is definitely one of rugby’s most entertaining referees.
Extremely competent at his job, it’s no surprise that the Welsh whistler is a regularly handed big games at the rugby World Cup.
South Africa against Scotland was his match yesterday – and he put in another good performance as the Springboks ran out 34-16 winners over the Scots at St James’ Park.
It was a game full of hard hits and four trys, but the best bit of the match came courtesy of Owens and Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg.
After Hogg collided with South Africa’s Tendai Mtawarira as he cleared in the second-half, the Scot crumpled to the ground in a fairly obvious attempt to get his opponent punished.
But Owens was having none of it – pulling Hogg up for a dive more suited to football than rugby.
I was looking at it. He was committed in the air. There was nothing wrong with it.
Dive like that again and come back here in two weeks and play. Not again. Watch it.
— ITV Rugby (@ITVRugby) October 3, 2015
Brilliant from one of the world’s best whistlers.
It’s not the first football reference from Owens, who last month was quoted in the Radio Times insisting he would deal with the unacceptable behaviour of coaches like Jose Mourinho if he was a referee in the sport.
Maybe it’s about time we let Owens take a shot at the Beautiful Game.