Interesting point. Pearce seems a little bit tetchy to this sort of things, I also think Ritchie was frustrated by some of the Irish play (nothing new there they always manage to ****le us). He could do with keeping it in check though, breakdown irritations will be tough to not get emotional about when in the back row.How do you feel about Ritchie as captain? I was glad he replaced Hogg but in both of the last two games he seems to have really wound up the referee. Pretty rare for an international team to be marched back.
Hopefully something he can improve on with time but the fear is he's getting a reputation he'll always be refereed on.
Alternatives? Gilchrist would be one but he’s out, maybe Turner? Not getting captain vibes from the 9s so not sure where else to look.