John Barclay, the former Scotland flanker and captain, has criticized the decision not to award Scotland a match-winning try against France as the "most unfair I've ever seen". The home side believed they had secured a victory thanks to Sam Skinner's effort, but the referee stuck with his original decision of not allowing the score due to lack of conclusive evidence. Barclay expressed his disappointment, claiming that the decision denied Scotland a potential Six Nations title. He also questioned how the sport could get such a decision wrong when there was clear footage showing the ball touching the ground. Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend and many fans and pundits have echoed similar sentiments, calling for change in the officiating of the game. Barclay believes that the decision will have a significant impact on the rest of the tournament, as it now appears to be a procession for Ireland.