End of the World Cup ad­ven­ture for Dun­can

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Back Page - Mur­ray Spooner

Former Cam­bus­lang Rugby star Dun­can Weir’s Rugby World Cup dream ended in con­tro­ver­sial cir­cum­stances on Sun­day.

Referee Craig Jou­bert ran off the pitch straight af­ter blow­ing the fi­nal whis­tle in Scot­land’s 35-34 loss to Aus­tralia.

Scot­land were lead­ing by a point when Jon Welsh was ruled de­lib­er­ately off­side in the 78th minute for play­ing the ball af­ter a knock-on by a team-mate.

Jou­bert awarded the penalty, which out­side-half Bernard Fo­ley kicked to win the game, but many ob­servers reckon the Wal­la­bies should have been awarded a scrum in­stead be­cause Nick Phipps, had touched the ball.

Weir, a former Cathkin High School pupil, scored a try in Scot­land’s 39-16 win over the USA . He was also held in high re­gard af­ter he kicked a penalty and made an 80-yard run that set up Tommy Sey­mour’s try in their 34-16 loss to South Africa in the group stages.

Af­ter de­feat­ing the Scots, Aus­tralia ad­vance to the last four to play Ar­gentina. South Africa will play New Zealand in the other semi -fi­nal.

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