Media Watch: The Ospreys Duracell Bunny and Nigel Owens on VAR

Rich Dore
12 January 2020

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Europe’s Round Five Saturday is done and dusted but with a super Sunday still to come we’ve had a scan around for all the best reaction from the clubs.

We start with Ospreys, who went down 22-15 to defending champions Saracens, but gave a spirited display and welcomed back the totemic Alun Wyn Jones into the fold.

Jones, 34, hadn’t played since the World Cup due to a groin injury and WalesOnline carries the story with Dan Lydiate hailing the region’s ‘Mr Duracell Bunny’.

From those positive comments to something with a bit more bite, Ulster boss Dan McFarland has accused Clermont of cheating after a 29-13 defeat in France left his side unable to top their Heineken Champions Cup pool.

Ulster started well and took the lead with the help of John Cooney’s try but couldn’t hold off a powerful Clermont in the second half, with McFarland taking exception to scrum play.

There was another fine game at Scotstoun between Glasgow Warriors and Exeter, who’ve had some belters down the years, and this one was left all square at 31-31 with tries aplenty.

The BBC has Dave Rennie’s reaction, with the head coach ruing the bounce of the ball as Sam Johnson saw a late try ruled out and Huw Jones twice failed to ground.

Meanwhile Connacht went down 21-7 at home to one of the tournament favourites Toulouse, with head coach Andy Friend calling for his side to be more clinical.

There were similar comments emanating from the Dragons camp as they lost 42-14 to Castres in France, and ahead of the huge clash with Racing 92 BT Sport have been speaking to Munster coach Graham Rowntree.

Moving slightly away from rugby to finish, Nigel Owens missed out on refereeing this weekend due to illness, but has had plenty to say about the recent VAR controversies in football.

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