As an occasional listener to sports radio, I’m often surprised by how much complaining is done post-match about the refereeing decisions. The ref got this wrong, he got that wrong ad infinitum. Given that there are many games each weekend in many codes, this allows for the same conversation to play itself out for hours over the course of the season with the names changing and the conclusion staying constant: the decision is made, the result stands. “They can complain all they want but France are going to the World Cup. Get over it.” Continue reading
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Match Reaction #2: Tommy Nooooooooooooooo!
Tommy Bowe was denied what seemed an inevitable try by some stout defending by Scotland’s Graeme Morrison from a crossfield kick by Jonny Sexton which almost caught the Scottish defence napping. As he took the ball, it look as it if was harder to score than not to and eventually he did wrestle the ball into contact with the ground. In the now time honoured fashion the Telly Ref was summoned. There can not have been a tournament with more references to the third umpire than this Championship. Continue reading
Is there any reason that I can completely bottle this decision?
It is a good thing that when we wuz robbed by the Telly Ref, it didn’t really matter and similarly that we got another fine try just a minute later through Trimble’s lovely blindside break. Perhaps it is even a good thing that this has happened now and the issue has been brought to light, despite it already making waves when Clancy and his Third Umpire cohort on the day Johann Meuwesen followed the spirit of the laws rather than their precise wording to deny Jimmy Cowan a try versus the Springboks in Port Elizabeth during the summer’s Tri-Nations. Continue reading