If the referee didn’t see it, did it really happen? That may well apply here, with two passes from the latest round of Mitre 10 Cup play going unnoticed. Waikato and Auckland both benefitted from officials somehow ignoring the flight of the ball, or more importantly, the position of the hands.
Tries didn’t come from them, but they certainly looked blatant enough to call.
And while the general approach these days seems to be that it must be ‘clear and obvious’, these two did certainly appear to be both clear, and obvious.
In the second example it led to some lovely offloads from both Melani Nanai and Jordan Trainor, so on a positive note, there’s that.
If nothing else, they cancel one another out, as each side got away with one each.
Waikato went on to win the match 35-17.
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