Hansen an­gered at in­tru­sion of big­screen re­plays

Otago Daily Times - - SPORT - DANIEL GILHOOLY

LYON: Steve Hansen has launched a broad­side at the in­flu­ence of big­screen re­plays, three years af­ter first de­scrib­ing them as a blight on in­ter­na­tional rugby.

The All Black coach was in­censed by the num­ber of key de­ci­sions that went against his side over the clos­ing min­utes of the 28­23 win over a French se­lec­tion in Lyon yes­ter­day.

Young English ref­eree Luke Pearce ap­peared to be swayed by either the home team or the bois­ter­ous crowd to view re­peats of in­ci­dents of All Black in­dis­cre­tions.

The most ob­vi­ous ex­am­ple came when the big screen re­peat­edly showed a con­tentious in­ci­dent in­volv­ing prop Atu Moli while All Black team­mate Richie Mo’unga was lin­ing up a penalty shot at goal.

It caught the eye of Pearce, who even­tu­ally re­versed the penalty rul­ing.

Hansen said that sort of ac­tion ef­fec­tively handed con­trol of matches to the broad­cast­ers, who inevitably high­lighted in­ci­dents that favoured home teams.

‘‘You can’t be tried by the big screen. It’s either the TMO or the ref that are go­ing to do that,’’ Hansen said.

‘‘If you keep show­ing it on the big screen and the crowd starts go­ing crazy, you get de­ci­sions turned around.

‘‘They only show what they want to show by the look of it and I thought it was poor.’’

Hansen has high­lighted the prob­lem twice pre­vi­ously, both in late 2014.

South Africa was the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of big­screen re­plays in a win in Jo­han­nes­burg while Eng­land came close to top­pling the All Blacks at Twick­en­ham on the back of some key rul­ings.

Hansen said the is­sue was raised then with World Rugby but it ap­peared to have had lit­tle im­pact.

He sus­pects New Zealand Rugby will prob­a­bly make an­other ap­proach to law­mak­ers.

‘‘We keep get­ting re­as­sur­ances that it won’t hap­pen again,’’ he said. — NZN

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