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Wallabies snatch victory from courageous Scots at the death

Might I also remind the upset Scottish fans that Scotland only played in the quarter finals thanks to a narrow victory over Samoa. Had they lost this game, then Japan would have progressed. And they only won this game 36-33 thanks to (ironically also in the 74th minute) a try to Greig Laidlaw where he clearly seems to fumble the ball forward at the base of the scrum before darting over for the try. This was never referred to the TMO (and here the TMO would have had all the right to intervene as it was a try-scoring situation). Had it been referred, I'm pretty sure the try wouldn't have stood and Japan would have progressed to the quarter finals. Just something to ponder, while everyone is upset about the Joubert decision.

Here is the try in question. Watch closely at 7 seconds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxU_SjPegag

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8 Months, 1 Week ago

Wallabies snatch victory from courageous Scots at the death

Nigel Owens wouldn't have used the TMO in the final minutes of the Scotland Australia game either, because it is not allowed. Which is why Joubert didn't. How come none of the aggrieved Scottish fans can bring themselves to admit this? It's the fundamental point in this whole debate. The TMO was not an option. Full stop. Move on.

8 Months, 1 Week ago

Argentina knock Ireland out with convincing Quarter Final win

Funny thing is, they weren't actually bigger. the Pumas scrum gave away a lot of weight to the Irish. And guys like Cordero and Sanchez are small backline players. But they certainly played like they were much bigger.

8 Months, 1 Week ago

Wallabies snatch victory from courageous Scots at the death

Emotional people here are having a go at Joubert simply because he followed the TMO rules as set out by the IRB. The rules about when a ref can call on the TMO are very specific for a reason. What people seem to want is for the ref to disregard those rules because:

a.) it was a quarter final
b.) it was in the dying minutes
c.) there were only two points separating the teams
d.) the penalty was kickable
e.) their team was involved
f.) all of the above

Tomorrow there is another decision that could warrant a bending of the rules, next week another, etc etc. The only way to prevent this creep is by setting the rules in stone.

This was one decision, made on the spot. It looked right in real time, and even on multiple slo-mo replays it's not conclusive that he was wrong. And even if he was, the TMO simply wasn't an option here.

I feel sorry for Scotland and I feel sorry for their fans. But it's time to put on the big boy pants now. The All Blacks felt aggrieved about Wayne Barnes in 2007. The South Africans felt aggrieved about Bryce Lawrence in 2011. Life is full of disappointments because life is full of humans.

8 Months, 1 Week ago

Wallabies snatch victory from courageous Scots at the death

That's the curse of this beautiful game. It is way, way more complicated to officiate than, say, soccer. Soccer has about four rules, and they're pretty obvious. As long as the ref is centrally positioned, and the linesmen stay in line with the game, they should get 99% of the calls right. In rugby, it is not only far harder to spot every transgression, but half of them are also completely open to interpretation. It is a minefield for any ref, and asking the TMO to judge every single thing is not an option. So what do you do? Because who would want to be a ref when this is the result of people's expectations under highly charged circumstances?

8 Months, 1 Week ago

Wallabies snatch victory from courageous Scots at the death

I know everyone is disappointed for Scotland. I am too. But the IRB rules on TMO decisions are very clear: only for try grounding, foot in or out of touch prior to try, transgressions in last 2 phases before try and suspicion of foul play. Don't hate the ref if he follows the rules, however much the result irks you. Also, he appears to have got the call right. Ball came forward off Scottish hand and was then secured by Scotsman. Those are the facts. I suggest people rather deal with the facts than make emotional statements.

8 Months, 1 Week ago

Argentina knock Ireland out with convincing Quarter Final win

Incredible performance by the Pumas. When I saw Creedy in the tunnel before they ran out, I knew they were up for it.

8 Months, 1 Week ago

Footage and recaps of the latest RWC 2015 Bans

Not sure why Ford and Gray are appealing. That was ugly and very dangerous. Looks even worse than the Mealamu/O'Driscol assault.

8 Months, 1 Week ago

New Zealand run riot to thrash France in Cardiff Quarter Final

In my language we speak of a "snotklap" - a smack that sends the snot flying. This was a snotklap.

8 Months, 1 Week ago

South Africa edge Wales in tense Twickenham Quarter Final

Man, that was almost too much for me. 80 minutes of non-stop stress. Will be watching replays of that Fourie du Preez try for many years to come.

Got to hand it to Wales - they really pitched up for this game.

8 Months, 1 Week ago