Opinion is split between fans over Dane Coles’ disallowed try in round three of the Bledisloe Cup on Saturday.
The veteran hooker was deemed to have knocked on the ball over the try line having shown impressive pace to get on the end of a cross field kick from Richie Mo’unga.
The original decision from referee Ben O’Keeffe was a try but after a TMO review the conclusion was that Coles did not have control of the ball when making downward pressure.
Coles, 33, has made more than 70 appearances for the All Blacks and is recognised as one of the fastest and most illusive hookers in world rugby.
Kiwi’s kicking a lot today and working out well. Dane Coles playing as winger there 👏Some refs would’ve given that one #AUSvNZL
— Ⓜ️ickey🅱️yrne (@mickeyhasburns) October 31, 2020
I would have given that what a player #danecoles
— Chris (@chris_jones41) October 31, 2020
Toughie that one… yellow? Might be fairest, was it malicious or was he going for the hand off? I don’t know but I always look for the best intention.
What a try though, definitely a try for Dane Coles. Bad decision. Attacker should always have benefit of the doubt. #AUSvNZLADVERTISEMENT
— William Rhys (@justwilliamrhys) October 31, 2020
Tbh you could’ve saved yourself a lot of time by checking Dane Coles reaction. Not celebrating a try against the Aussies?? Clearly didn’t think he’d grounded it #AUSvNZL
— Ben (@BencerasaIe) October 31, 2020
How is Dane Coles that quick as a hooker?
— Clem Fandango (@Letsholo_M) October 31, 2020
Regardless of whether this is a try or not, Dane Coles is a bloody good player #BledisloeCup #AUSvNZL
— David Bond (@drdavebond) October 31, 2020
Dane Coles knocked that ball on.
— Social Delinquent (@LwaziSomya) October 31, 2020
ooooof that’s a tough decision, ridiculous wheels from Dane Coles
— Huw (@hm_thfc) October 31, 2020
Dane Coles didn’t even think that was a try.
Absolute joke🙈#BledisloeCup #AUSvNZL
— Eoin 🇮🇪 (@eoinnnnn) October 31, 2020
Dane Coles doesn’t think he’s scored, but I think he has
— Murray McCann (@MurrayMcCann) October 31, 2020
Yoh.. Dane Coles didn’t seem like thought he scored it
— Petri van Zyl (@Petrivz) October 31, 2020