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Ex-Aussie stars Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell vent anger at commentary of England vs Australia game

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Ex-Aussie rugby union players Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell vented their anger at Sky Sports' commentary on social media after the Wallabies were defeated 30-6 by England at Twickenham yesterday in their third Autumn International test.

Giteau was providing a live commentary on the game to his 197,000 followers and lost his cool when a series of decisions went against the tourists.

But it wasn't just the referee's controversial calls that got the 35-year-old tweeting. He wasn't too impressed by co-commentator Stuart Barnes' verdict on proceedings either.

Giteau tweeted: "Was excited to see this test before I heard Stuart Barnes has been kept on."

His former Australia colleague Drew Mitchell took particular issue with the analysers' opinions on Australia coach Michael Chieka - accusing the Sky Sports commentary team of bias and 'lazy reporting.

The retired Mitchell posted: "The @SkySportsRugby commentary clearly against Michael Chieka, Chieka was frustrated at his infringing player, not 'the world is against him'.. just buying into the lazy reporting throughout the week."

Giteau replied to his former teammate's tweet in agreement with "#UnplugStuartBarnes"

However, if you try to seek Giteau's frustrated posts online you will notice that they have now been deleted. Luckily we managed to screengrab before the Aussie backtracked.


The 35-year-old later tweeted: "Heat of the moment tweet earlier.. I apologize.. Well done both teams on a great test, officials included," although it isn't clear whether which tweet he is specifically referring to.

Perhaps the ex-Wallabies were displaying their frustration towards the commentators as a result of the fact that Australia had two potential tries from Michael Hooper and Marika Koroibete controversially ruled out early in the match as well as two sin bins for Hooper and Kurtley Beale. 

It was a disappointing result for the Wallabies after such comfortable performances at the start of the season, winning 63-30 and  29-21 against Japan and Wales respectively.

They now face Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday 25th November as Chieka's side look to make up for the poor result against Eddie Jones' England.

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