With refreshing honesty, Townsend said: "I said to the ref at half-time that the leg was there and he pulled out at the last minute and I still went over. It was a deserved yellow card and I have got to kick it out of my game.
"You make mistakes, and that dive was a mistake. I apologised to the ref. I said to him at half-time that I thoroughly deserved it and hopefully I won't do it again.
"It all goes so fast. The leg is there and you go over it. It's sort of instinct. If there's contact, it's not a dive."
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