TMO decisions confusing
Five points safely in the bag and yet the Chiefs left Melbourne with a sense of confusion about some of the TMO decisions.
Scott Higgenbottom made a magnificent effort in somehow dotting the ball down on the line – the only problem was that the final pass was at least five metres forward.
The TMO looked and looked, and must have been the only person not able to see the infringement.
Late in the game, the player of the match Gareth Anscombe, charged down and recovered a kick and scooted over for his fourth try of the match.
This time the TMO decided there had been a knock-on earlier in the build up and the try was not allowed.
I have a real problem with the way TMOs are being used this year. They seem to be able to review actions sometimes many phases before the try has been scored, and pick up some technical reason to disallow the try.
It can be an arduous process,
to be waiting made.
TMO should only be allowed to adjudicate try/no try, in the actual scoring of the try. The game has a referee and two touch judges, whose job is to rule on forward passes, and other infringements.
If these three cannot pick up an infringement, then the try should be allowed.
In the end though, the Chiefs managed to win a highly entertaining spectacle.
Player of the match Gareth Anscombe had a great game, scoring a hat-trick of tries and knocking over more points off the boot, to remain top point scorer in the competition.
The Blues will be kicking themselves for letting this fine young player go. One team’s rubbish is another team’s treasure!
The biggest thing for the Chiefs to work on is to stop teams coming back into the game as has been the case the
decision past two weeks with the Sharks and now the Rebels. I have to commend the Chiefs’ defensive effort.
Finally, the Highlanders have got the monkey off their back by holding on for their first win of the season, over the Sharks 25 – 22. The highlight of the game was when Ben Smith gathered the ball inside his 22, spotted a gap and tore up-field, passed it to Aaron Smith, who in turn handed it back to Smith who gave it to the steamrolling Chris King who slipped a lovely pass inside to allow Colin Slade to canter through for a great try.
Congratulations to Brad Thorn for his 100th Super Rugby game, at the ripe old age of 37.
He is one of the old-school type warhorses you need down in the engine room, where all the hard arm-wrestling occurs.
You need to have a bit of mongrel to do well.
I am sure Colin Meads would approve.