Steele's sin-bin call
December 11, 1999

Northampton director of rugby John Steele made a fresh call for the sin bin to be introduced to the Heineken Cup after Saints beat Edinburgh Reivers 32-8 at Franklin's Gardens.

The Scots repeatedly thwarted Northampton attacks by deliberately killing the ball.

Steele said: "I don't want to sound like a scratched record but the referee has nothing at his disposal to deal with sides that commit the professional foul.

"What difference does it make if you have a yellow card if you drop on the ball on your own line? It does make a difference to us, we want the seven points.

"We must rethink this for the European Cup, the referees must have the yellow card at their disposal." Steele was full of praise for his England scrum half Matt Dawson, who switched to stand-off after only a quarter-of-an hour when his England half-back partner Paul Grayson limped off with a knee injury.

"Matt Dawson was quite incredible," Steele said. "He was able to move up to fly-half, kick his goals and still call all the shots."

Reivers coach Ian Rankin sang the praises of Northampton's Scotland wing forward Budge Pountney. ``He was the big difference between the two sides. He is a brave player who goes whenother people only think about going. He just gets in there."

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