Canadian rugby team falls to Scotland in international friendly

Canadian men's rugby coach Kieran Crowley addresses his players. (QMI Agency file)

Canadian men's rugby coach Kieran Crowley addresses his players. (QMI Agency file)

RICHARD MAUNTAH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:07 AM ET

And you thought controversial refereeing decisions only happened in Brazil.

Canada’s national rugby team felt the brunt of a questionable call late in its international match against Scotland, which cost it a chance to pull out a win on Saturday

The 19-17 loss was disappointing, especially after its 34-25 loss to Japan last weekend. Still, the home side did put on an entertaining show for the 18,788 in the seats at BMO field.

With less than five minutes remaining in the match, Canada was awarded a penalty but the referee reviewed an incident where Canadian flanker Jebb Sinclair came into contact with Scottish player Alasdair Strokosch.

After a few minutes, it was ruled that Sinclair had committed a dangerous play and was red-carded. The penalty opportunity was also taken away.


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