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Tuesday Sep 22, 2015

Rugby World Cup Daily - TMO Feedback and Hall of Fame inductees

Rugby World Cup Daily - TMO Feedback and Hall of Fame inductees
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It was a fascinating opening round at the World Cup, so today in RWC Daily we get to see another angle of that famous Japanese winning try, hear more about the handling of the TMO and see footage from the Hall of Fame ceremony.

There isn’t a rugby fan on the planet who hasn’t yet heard about Japan’s famous win over South Africa. It’s easily one of the biggest moments in the history of the sport, not only for the result, but for the couragageous way the Brave Blossoms achieved the win.

Today we get to see another angle of the try and see the fans go wild as it is scored. There have been numerous mobile phone videos from similar angles, and some of them reveal some quite unbelievable scenes, most of which even include South African fans cheering.

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Another hot topic from the weekend was the use of the Television Match Official (TMO), most notably in the opening game of the tournament. Match Officials Manager Joel Jutge has spoken about what went on in the eight matches from the opening round of RWC 2015.

There were 25 TMO calls, so it works out to 3 per match, but as Jutge explains, there were 6 in the opening game so naturally fans were up in arms. He also says that the time taken was too long, however he added that only one of those 6 – the checking of the Nemani Nadolo try – could have been avoided.

“We need to improve the process between the referee and producer, the brodcaster, and hawk-eye. We know that it was not perfect, but we will work hard to change this process, or improve this process,” explained the former Test referee.

Also this week, 25 rugby legends were inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame, including the likes of Barry John, Danie Gerber and the great Joost Van Der Westhuizen, who managed to make it to the ceremony despite his ill health.

You can view highlights from each match of the opening round in our RWC Section

5 Comments

  • drg
    1:19 AM 24/09/2015

    Poor Joost, what a man!

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  • drg
    4:31 PM 23/09/2015

    "that referees should be seen and not heard." Pardon? Last thing I want is a silent referee...

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  • katman
    8:43 AM 23/09/2015

    While we're talking World Cup TMOs, we could also mention that the one time in the SA/Japan game where the TMO was legitimately called on for a tricky decision (Jannie Du Plessis's grounding of the ball), he answered something else altogether (the end of the next phase of play, and no try), and the ref didn't even bother to correct him. Just ruled "no try" and sent them back for a 22 kick-off. My gob was left a little smacked by that technological clusterkerfuffle.

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  • 1:43 AM 23/09/2015

    Completely agree, that's young Jesse kriel, normally a 15, but A) he created a dog leg B) u never give that kind of threat time and space on the ball, he will punish u

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  • hedderball
    5:17 PM 22/09/2015

    what was 13 doing for South Africa? he was obviously asleep then realised his error and rushed up too late allowing himself to be easily handed off. Result = try. Line speed in general from the Boks in that play was pedestrian which given the circumstances is astonishing.

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