ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
REGISTER
LOGIN
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
Monday Dec 7, 2020

Relive some the most controversial, infuriating tries in rugby history

There are always moments in matches which prove to be the turning point, be that a moment of madness, a refereeing decision or in this case, a try. But we’re not talking about clear-cut scores. Here are some of the most dubious efforts from over the years.

ADVERTISEMENT

We know that referees and especially TMOs have a stressful job in determining if a try has been scored or not, and sometimes, they get things wrong.

These decisions can have pretty big ramifications, like in the 2007 Rugby World Cup when Yannick Jauzion’s try from a forward pass from centre partner Damien Traille to Fred Michalak helped France narrowly defeat New Zealand 20-18 to dump the Kiwis out in the quarter-finals.

The All Blacks got some payback, although not in the World Cup, when John Lacey blatantly impeded French scrum-half Baptiste Serin close to the line many years later, allowing Damian McKenzie to saunter in for a try while the scores had been level.

Current Ireland international CJ Stander was not the only one to be utterly dumbfounded when he and his team-mates Odwa Ndungane and Morné Steyn practically stood still as a clear knock-off was deemed to have gone backwards by the referee. Play continued and Stander scored a bizarre try.

Other controversial moments include Ronan O’Gara’s try against the Springboks in 2004, Mike Phillips’ quick throw-in with a different ball, as well as a totally outrageous piece of refereeing again playing into the hands of the French, against…you guessed right, the All Blacks.

ADVERTISEMENT

Related Articles

  • 33 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens...

  • 33 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another...

  • 34 WEEKS AGO

    Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    No other player has mastered intercepts like Bryan Habana could

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: French flair lights up Brisbane with EPIC coast-to-coast try

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Watch how Marcus Smith lit up Twickenham on England debut vs USA

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Extended highlights show why Josh Adams could be a Lions Test starter

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Aphelele Fassi: The debut Springbok that could change Warren Gatland's Lions selection

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 20 HOURS AGO

    Outspoken de Villiers gives his unique verdict on laws in Kolbe card debate

  • 22 HOURS AGO

    This collection of brutal bump offs will remind you why you stopped playing rugby

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Kyle Sinckler biting citing dismissed due to lack of clear evidence

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    The Kyle Sinckler bite that will put him on the next plane home

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Kolbe's clumsy head-on-head with Tom Curry which angered fans

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Rugby Australia condemn Erasmus public 'attack', back their referee

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    RWC winning coach launches unbelievable one hour rant at officials

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    New Rassie video targets foul play, confirming fake twitter account was his

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Critics hit out at Rassie Erasmus for fake twitter and 'comical' behaviour

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Awesome Daly kicking montage shows just how deadly his left boot really is

View All

Funnies

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Five minutes of rugby comedy gold in one hilarious video

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Unimpressed Vunipola loses patience with Cheslin Kolbe in Cape Town

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    New compilation of rare Nigel Owens footage is comedy gold

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    The moment Ellis Genge soaks Ugo Monye live on TV is simply priceless

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Inside the Quins changing rooms after winning AWESOME Prem final

View All

Amateur

  • 39 WEEKS AGO

    Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community

  • 76 WEEKS AGO

    RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you

  • 77 WEEKS AGO

    RD BLITZ - Disaster, just when it looked so promising...

  • 77 WEEKS AGO

    That glorious moment that will live on forever, like it or not

  • 77 WEEKS AGO

    RD Blitz - PROP'S Lionel Messi wizardy creates incredible try

View All

Player Features

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    A deeper look at Jason Robinson's incredible path to the top

  • 23 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bumping off tacklers and taking high balls, Rob Kearney had an impressive Super Rugby debut

  • 29 WEEKS AGO

    Brian Moore on money in modern rugby and how it should never be compared to 'outlier' football

  • 30 WEEKS AGO

    Tuisova's wrecking ball montage will make you grateful you never made it as a pro

  • 36 WEEKS AGO

    New Zealand rugby pod admit Owen Farrell is world class

View All