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17th Oct 2016

WATCH: Nigel Owens sternly tells off Francois Steyn for ungentlemanly conduct

He sure showed him

Ben Kiely

How did Francois Steyn think he could get away with this right in front of Nigel Owens?

Northampton Saints claimed a closely-fought victory over Montpellier in their Champions Cup opener on Saturday. Stephen Myler’s late penalty to seal the 16-14 win, but if Owens had not spotted an offence during a conversion attempt early in the game it could have ended up as a draw.

In the first half, Myler was unfairly distracted by Francois Steyn while trying to add two points to his side’s opening try. Steyn charged down the kick the kick as he made his run-up, but just before the English fly-half struck the ball, he shouted ‘Miss!’ and the effort went sailing to the right.

The crowd were displeased with the South African’s conduct and a chorus of boos boomed around Franklin’s Gardens. However, Owens spotted it straight away, immediately called for the penalty to be retaken and gave Steyn a good talking to on the pitch.

Myler’s second effort went straight between the posts and more importantly, justice was served.

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