He thinks it's ball over, but angry England winger Strettle is denied
Angry David Strettle insisted last
night that he had scored a last-gasp try that could have saved England
from an agonising home defeat to Wales.
With England 19-12 down, the Harlequins winger was certain he had touched down in the corner.
Australian referee Steve Walsh referred the decision to video referee Iain Ramage, asking him 'Try, or no try'.
Dramatic finish: David Strettle (left) is tackled by Jonathan Davies and Leigh Halfpenny (right)
After almost four minutes, Scotsman Ramage declined to award the score and Walsh blew for full time.
Strettle was left fuming, feeling at the very least England should have been awarded a penalty for an infringement committed moments earlier.
'I thought I'd scored,' he said. 'I thought when they flipped me on my back that I had downward pressure. I carried the ball in my right hand and when I got flicked on to my back I just literally put the ball down. I felt the ball touch the floor and then everyone jumped on top of me.
Waiting in vain: England captain Chris Robshaw (centre)
'Watching it on the big screen, it looked like I'd got it down as well. The frustrating thing for me was that I would have hoped the touch judge had seen it. Our physio was stood on the pitch right next to him and he said it was grounded.
'With video technology if it's indecisive you have got to go with the attacking team. I just thought with rugby or football that's the way it always seems to be.
'I've not seen it back yet but I actually thought we had a penalty as well and I can't understand why we didn't go back for that penalty.'
He thinks it's ball over: Strettle went close
The defeat – England's first under interim head coach Stuart Lancaster – proved especially hard to swallow for a group of players who produced comfortably their best display of the Championship so far.
Twenty-year-old fly-half Owen Farrell was outstanding, kicking four kicks from five and marshalling England's backs superbly in front of a full house at Twickenham.