World body ad­mits TMO er­ror

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LON­DON: Ed­die Jones 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 tele­vi­sion match of­fi­cial Glenn New­man had erred in deny­ing Wales’ 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 on “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 semi-fi­nals of the 2015 World Cup.

“They [World Rugby] have a record of do­ing it. They’ve done it be­fore,” Eng­land coach 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,” the Aus­tralian added.

“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.”


Wales’ Gareth An­scombe, cen­tre, gets tack­led dur­ing the Six Na­tions match against Eng­land.

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