Ireland played Italy this weekend in Belfast in a World Cup warm up match that before kick off seemed destined to be a win for Ireland. Italy fought hard though and controlled the second half, seemingly on track for a famous win.
O’Gara slotted a drop goal in the 79th minute, placing the hosts in a winning position with a frantic few minutes still to be played.
Late into injury time the Irish flyhalf went over the line and was awarded this controversial try by TMO Derek Bevan. After numerous replays, none of which were 100%
decisive, the try was awarded and the Italians were furious with the outcome.
There is an instant in one of the replays where MAYBE it looks like it went back off O’Gara’s legs, then forward off the Italian and down, therefore legal. But in my opinion theres just way too much doubt for it to be awarded. Especially, as pointed out in one of the comments, after that forward pass by Trimble.
Italy scored again after that, but it was victory for the Irish, with the final score being 23 – 20.