'That doesn’t happen': Edinburgh coach questions scrum decisions in Stormers clash

REACTION: Edinburgh head coach Mike Blair revealed his frustrations with the referee Frank Murphy’s scrum decisions in his side's 18-34 defeat to the Stormers in Cape Town on Saturday.

Edinburgh entered the match with a powerful front row in the form of WP Nel, Stuart McInally and Pierre Schoeman and they had the Stormers under the pump in the scrums, especially in the first half.

However, Blair felt his team were not rewarded for their dominance in that area, which meant that they missed out on possible scoring opportunities at Cape Town Stadium.

"I think we fronted up really well," said Blair.

"We were disappointed with our start against the Bulls last week and I thought we showed a huge amount of control and pressure in that first 30 minutes.

"I am surprised that they weren’t penalised more.

"We've got a dominant scrum. We are going forward; the scrum is going to the ground and the referee is saying play the ball away.

"That doesn’t happen. We were dominant and we should be rewarded for being dominant in that area.

"The Stormers were excellent in their defence and they put a huge amount of pressure on our attack and that was their pinch point.

"Our pinch point was our scrum and I think it was managed a bit to get the game going when in fact we had a huge amount of dominance there, which should have resulted in more points and potentially yellow cards for illegal scrumming."

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