Jones knocks ‘ret­ro­spec­tive ref­er­ee­ing’

The New Age (Free State) - - SPORT - LON­DON

ED­DIE Jones has ac­cused World Rugby of in­dulging in “ret­ro­spec­tive ref­er­ee­ing” after the govern­ing body said a mis­take had been made in fail­ing to award Wales a try dur­ing Eng­land’s 12-6 Six Na­tions win at Twick­en­ham.

World Rugby an­nounced on Tues­day that TV match of­fi­cial Glenn New­man had erred in deny­ing Wales’s Gareth An­scombe a try with Eng­land 12-0 up in the sec­ond quar­ter on Satur­day.

Wales coach War­ren Gat­land said New­man, a fel­low New Zealan­der, had made a “ter­ri­ble mis­take” and that view was backed by World Rugby who said the vis­i­tors should have had a try “as the Wales player grounded the ball”.

How­ever, one of rugby’s old­est tra­di­tions is that the ref­eree’s de­ci­sion should be up­held at all costs. Govern­ing bodies used to go out of their way to avoid direct pub­lic crit­i­cism of match of­fi­cials.

But many felt a line was crossed when World Rugby up­braided South African ref­eree Craig Jou­bert for in­cor­rectly award­ing Aus­tralia a late penalty that went on to cost Scot­land a place in the semi­fi­nals of the 2015 World Cup.

“They (World Rugby) have a record of do­ing it. They’ve done it be­fore,” Jones said on Tues­day.

“I’m on a good be­hav­iour bond so I’ve got to be care­ful what I say, but I just think that once the game’s done and dusted that’s the game.

“You can’t have ret­ro­spec­tive ref­er­ee­ing of de­ci­sions be­ing done. The game’s done and dusted, so we’ve got to trust the ref­er­ees and re­spect their in­tegrity.”

For­mer Aus­tralia coach Jones, re­call­ing his time in charge of Ja­pan, said: “In Ja­pan they have a great say­ing: ‘At full time there’s no side’. That’s one of the tra­di­tions of rugby, you get on with it, you re­spect the de­ci­sion.

“If you haven’t got the rub of the green then you know you prob­a­bly get it in the next cou­ple of games.

“The TMOs do an excellent job. They make a de­ci­sion.”

Victory against Wales made it two wins out of two this Six Na­tions for Eng­land and left the cham­pi­ons on course in their bid to be­come the first team to win three suc­ces­sive out­right Cham­pi­onships in the tour­na­ment’s long his­tory. – AFP

HARD LUCK: Ed­die Jones says a ref­eree’s de­ci­sion must al­ways be fi­nal.

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