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What an utter crock of you-know-what


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Super Rugby on 5 Mar 2012 at 09:31
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Anyone else feel that the incident leading up the the awarding of Dean Greyling’s “try” against the Cheetahs this weekend was nothing short of scandalous? Please can the decision-makers sort out the stupid refereeing system now, lest this great game of ours go down the toilet through sheer ineptitude.

For those who didn’t watch, let me enlighten you. Referee Craig Joubert was pretty sure that he’d seen Greyling ground the ball over the line after being brought to ground just short. He then asked for TMO Johann Meuwesen’s confirmation, given that he (Joubert) had already jumped to a conclusion that the try had been scored. What Joubert hadn’t seen, though, was the clear delay in between Greyling’s being brought to ground and the subsequent stretch over the line. I would estimate it took at least 15 seconds, during which time he initially attempted to place the ball back to allow his scrum half to clear, before then stretching over. According to the laws, this constitutes a clear double movement and the correct decision would have been a penalty to the Cheetahs.

Meuwesen knew this, of course, but the way in which Joubert had asked him to rule precluded him telling the ref that it was clearly not a try and that he should not award it. Joubert asked Meuwesen to look at the grounding only and despite the TMO’s best efforts to alert the ref to his error by asking in desperation”which grounding, the first or the second?”, Joubert steadfastly refused to waiver from his view that it surely HAD TO BE a try because he had seen some sort of grounding.

This, in short, is pathetic. Surely a ref should no pre-judge a situation if he doesn’t have all the facts? And surely, having decided to ask the TMO for advice, the TMO should then be at liberty to share all relevant information to allow the ref to make a correct decision? What is the point of having the technology if it’s going to be used in such a half-hearted, broken way?

Situations like this are a blight on the sport and must be sorted out.



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