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The NFL system of challenging calls made by the officials would be very helpful in situations like these. Ireland could have contested both rulings by the officials and (Davies would have been given a RED and Ferris a Penalty at worst).
"The head coach of either team can signal a challenge by throwing a red flag onto the field. He's allowed only two challenges per game.... If the coach's challenge is successful -- that is, the ruling on the field is overturned -- then his team isn't charged with a timeout. If it's unsuccessful, it costs the team a timeout."
Rugby would have to come up with a way to penalise teams who challenge calls unnecessarily in the way that in NFL, if your challenge is incorrect your team loses a timeout.
Ireland have been shafted by referees twice in the last tree times we have played Wales. Makes one feel a little bitter.
4 Years, 2 Months ago