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Israel Folau try disallowed after TMO spots foul play a few phases back

Israel Folau try disallowed after TMO spots foul play a few phases back
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Australia earned a hard-fought 18-9 victory Saturday night at Suncorp Stadium, ending Ireland’s winning streak at 12 matches. The win was underscored by stand-out performances from Kurtley Beale, Israel Folau and particularly, David Pocock. Folau scored what would have been his first try against Ireland, but the TMO had other ideas.

The star Wallabies fullback was once again an effective weapon under the high ball, while Pocock was his usual menacing self around the breakdown, despite his time away from Test rugby. 

Australia played an incredibly physical match, delivering several big hits early on. However, it was Ireland who dominated certain key statistics, like time of possession and territory. 

Both teams desperately needed a game-breaking play and Australia thought they had one with Folau’s try halfway into the second half. However, Television Match Official Ben Skeen called referee Marius van der Westhuizen’s attention back several phases to what he deemed to be foul play from lock Adam Coleman.

After some discussion, both agreed that Coleman had indeed commited an act worthy of a penalty and Folau’s try was therefore disallowed. 

The incident had no real bearing on the try, so going all the way back to it was viewed as a fairly controversial use of the TMO by many, including the Australian commentators. Phil Kearns claimed: “The game’s become a joke” and “The referees have lost the plot.”

However, Rod Kafer sided with the officials, admitting that Coleman could’ve let up once he knew he was off the ball. Nevertheless, the try was wiped off and Ireland clung to a one-point lead. 

The incident seemed to galvanize the hosts who then scored the last 10 points for the dramatic win through Pocock’s try and Foley’s boot. 

You can see the incident below in the highlights package

credit: rugby.com.au/gettyimages

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  •  oliver
    oliver

    this is getting absurd. If you go back far enough, every try could be disallowed....

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  •  drg
    drg

    No, I'm with you! One of my favourite styles of referees are the ones that talk/shout a lot! I find it makes for a much more enjoyable game to play. Especially when you can recognise their consistencies. I've had it in the past where I'm competing for a ball and I'm currently in a position to give away a penalty (if the referee is whistle happy) and he yells leave it, so I do, the same happens with the opposition, both times the ball has been somewhat slowed, but it's an even handicap for both sides... I'd much rather that than a referee that's blasting his whistle every 2 minutes and setting up scrums etc. I also find watching the game a lot more enjoyable when you have referees that let the game flow, scrum collapses where the ball is available and referees shouting "use it" are such a relief compared to the loud blast and ..."ANOTHER" reset... You might agree with the above, but disagree with the below... I personally used to like Steve Walsh, I found he tended to let the games flow just that little bit more than others...

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  •  pickay
    pickay

    Totally agree with DrG! Good dummy run that achieved exactly what it was meant to do. So in my opinion this should never be a penalty. I feel like applying common sense should have led the TMO to the same decision, but apparently he was overeager to apply the law to the letter. So many reasons why this try should have stood: 1: No penalty-worthy offence (imo). 2: The ref clearly saw it (was right in front of him) and let it go. 3: It had no influence on the game, Ireland still in possession and continuing the attack. 4: It was ages before the try was scored. In general, I got really annoyed by how the TMO got involved unasked throughout the game. For instance also disallowing Ireland's try at the buzzer for a supposed knock-on after the ref had already given it. It felt very petty, as if the TMO wanted to make a point out of spotting every little inaccuracy. imo it destroyed the flow of the game. In rugby, so much stuff is going on all the time on and off the ball. So if you just search long enough, you will always find someone being slightly offside, off feet, in from the side etc. The art of reffing is to find the balance between spotting and punishing offences on the one hand, and enabling a free flowing game of rugby on the other hand. I think in this game the ref found quite a good balance, but the TMO absolutely didn't. But maybe that's just me..?

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  •  drg
    drg

    Just to add, obviously I don't think defenders should be able to just tackle anyone on the pitch whenever they like under the ruse of "I thought he was a dummy runner" etc, but in this situation, ruck, player running next.to.ruck, hands out ready to receive.. dummy runners are supposed to "trick opposition" not gain penalties..

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  •  drg
    drg

    I hate these sorts of decisions, Irish player was a dummy runner, he successfully sold the dummy and he successfully took the Australian player out of the line of defence... I thought 9's can't dummy pass off the deck, why not just ban dummy runners too, it seems no one likes the outcome, so why make it.an option..

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