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Monday Jul 1, 2019

Controversial missed penalty leaves Hurricanes fans dejected

Controversial missed penalty leaves Hurricanes fans dejected

The Crusaders defeated the Hurricanes 30-26 in a thrilling semi final on Saturday, however, the match wasn’t without a bit of controversy as referee Nic Berry called a crucial knock on penalty against TJ Perenara in the final two minutes of play. 

Reviews clearly showed that Sam Whitlock had illegally played the ball, thus knocking it out of Perenara’s grasp. However, the penalty was assessed and any further hopes of denying the two-time reigning champs from advancing to a third final on their home soil were unceremoniously ended.

The Crusaders were awarded a scrum, launched the ball into touch and themselves into the final.

Never one to keep fans guessing, Perenara didn’t hold back with his take on the controversial moment.

“It was a penalty. I guess it was pretty clear and obvious,” Perenara said. “We all probably know, we have seen it. We know it’s a penalty. The ref can’t see everything. He makes a call and calls it a knock on. Sometimes we expect a penalty, there, for a deliberate knock down; but it is what it is in a game of footy.”

It’s anyone’s guess as to what would’ve happened had the call been reversed.

The Crusaders advance to yet another final where they will face the Jaguares, who convincingly beat the Brumbies in the other semi final.

Perenara penalty:

Credit: Canes TV/@Hurricanesrugby


  •  45678
    9:49 AM 02/07/2019
    Top Comment

    When they score, why do kiwis make “woo” noises 5 year old girls would be proud of? 

    •  sausages
      5:36 AM 03/07/2019

      Why? Too difficult to explain to people from the home nations. Scoring trys is not something that ever really happens up in the northern hemisphere and to understand exuberance and happiness you'd need to have scored at least once! (wink).

      •  45678
        7:54 PM 03/07/2019

        Haha, I didn’t know touch rugby made people so happy! Time to ditch this contact shit and move south WOO

        •  sausages2
          2:36 AM 04/07/2019

          Contact shit? I didn't realise your home grown guys actually played contact rugby? The South Africans, Kiwis, Tongans, Samoans and Fijians in your team's sure do...


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