TMO de­ci­sions con­fus­ing

Matamata Chronicle - - Sports/opinion - By STEVEN SA­MUELS

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.

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