England’s Rugby League Wheelchair World Cup final triumph over France is overshadowed after a French referee bizarrely throws a TANTRUM during the game following a disagreement with his colleague, with Manchester crowd BOOING him at full time
- French referee goes into meltdown in Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup Final
- The official doesn’t agree with a decision and shares frustration with the crowd
- England win Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup with 28-24 win over France
- Tom Halliwell scores a late try to seal the victory in front of over 4,000 fans
- Halliwell and Jack Brown both scored twice to help England to famous victory
The secondary referee in England’s Wheelchair Rugby League Cup Final match with France went into meltdown after disagreeing with his colleague over a decision during the game.
The official could be seen getting into a strop and waving his arms in anger, after a decision went against France. Even going as far as to gesticulate rudely to the crowd.
He had to be spoken to several times by his colleagues, but was clearly furious at a call that went in favour of England and was booed by the Manchester crowd at full time.
The secondary referee shows his displeasyre with a decision that went in England’s favour
The official continues to argue with colleagues and vent his frustration after the call was made
The crowd are not happy with his behaviour and boo the the referee after his meltdown
Tom Halliwell was the hero as he scored a late try to snatch a comeback victory to see England crowned Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup champions for the second time, with a 28-24 triumph over France in what was a pulsating encounter in Manchester.
After a tight opening to proceedings, France took the lead with Nicolas Clausells’ penalty conversion and further tries from Lionel Alazard and Mostefa Abassi but England struck back twice as Halliwell and Jack Brown wheeled over, while France held a narrow advantage heading into the break.
England shifted the momentum in the second period and turned the game around with efforts from Lewis King and Brown but Gilles Clausells hit back for the French before a succession of penalties made the game level.
England are crowned Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup champions after beating France
England coach Tom Coyd celebrates the win with man of the match and skipper Tom Halliwell
But player of the match Halliwell proved to be the hero with a try three minutes from time to land World Cup glory for England in front of a record crowd of 4,526.
The two best teams in the tournament played out an even start but France nudged themselves into the lead thanks to Alazard’s penalty kick in the opening minutes and he also got the first try of the encounter when he barged over the in-goal.
After a rather sluggish start, England were in the ascendency midway through the half as they were brandished a new set of six when Jeremy Bourson pushed Joe Coyd, he then slipped in skipper Halliwell, who ran underneath the sticks to help reduce the deficit to two points.
Tom Halliwell hits the late try that saw England edge the game with a 28-24 win in Manchester
A record-breaking crowd of 4,526 were in attendance to see England’s famous World Cup win
France regained the initiative with 10 minutes of the first half to play after a quick combination of passes found Abassi with acres of space on the right and he flew over the whitewash with ease.
Interchange Brown provided some impotence for England and he poked a hole through the French defence to narrow the score back to two heading into the half-time break.
If England were slow out of the traps in the first half, they could not be blamed for being so in the second after King wheeled over less than a minute into the second period to put them 16-14 to the good.
The French players looked dejected as England players embrace after securing the victory
England extended their advantage 13 minutes into the half after Seb Bechara teed up Brown to grab his second of the final to hand his side an eight-point lead.
France had an instant response after Gilles Clausells was handed the ball by nephew Nicolas, he weaved his way through the England defence to take the deficit back to two with a quarter of the game to play.
More twists and turns followed after Bechara’s double tag gave France a chance to level proceedings and Nicolas Clausells successfully kicked the resulting penalty to bring the scores level.
Both sides kicked two further penalties as the scores remained square heading into the final 10 minutes.
Pressure was beginning to tell as Nicolas Clausells missed his first kick to deny Les Bleus a lead and the were made to pay as Halliwell pierced the French defence to hand England the trophy for the second time.
The celebrations are set to go long into the night as England call themselves world champions