Paul James, the prop for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club Bath Rugby has stated that he has no issues with referee Martin Fox showing him a yellow card and sending him to the sin bin in the club’s 43-25 at the hands of the Northampton Saints over the weekend.
Bath raced away to a 13-0 lead against their hosts at the Franklin’s Gardens before James capitulated under the first real spell of pressure from the home side, earning his yellow card and being shown to the sin bin. Northampton, currently sitting pretty at second in the Aviva Premiership standings took their one man advantage and wiped off the whitewash within sixty seconds before a four consecutive run of tries without reply saw them over the line in the end.
And although Mike Ford, the head coach of Bath Rugby admitted that he felt that the card was a bit harsh on his player in his post match press conference, the Wales international James, however, accepted his punishment.
James, who has 48 caps for The Dragons at international level, stated that as a player, he will always feel that the card was harsh but the decision ultimately comes down to the referee and he has the authority to do what he feels is right. He added that it was all that it was and he has to move on from that.
He stated that it’s the way the game goes; the referee made a call and the opposition took advantage of it and scored a try and ultimately won the game. He added that Bath Rugby showed courage to get back in the game but there were a few other errors during that period that ultimately cost them the match.
The loss puts Bath on third in the Premiership standings.