Ques­tion­ing De­ci­sions

NZ Rugby World - - The Breakdown -

NOVEM­BER 2012 All Blacks flanker Adam Thom­son was yel­low carded for stamp­ing on the head of Scot­land op­po­site Alas­dair Strokosch. He was sub­se­quently banned for one week at his ju­di­cial hear­ing, prompt­ing Bri­tish me­dia to ex­press their out­rage.

A few prom­i­nent jour­nal­ists tweeted World Rugby boss Gosper di­rectly to ask what he would do. He replied: “The IRB [World Rugby] will re­view this case as it is a match un­der our ju­ris­dic­tion. If we de­cide to take ac­tion we will make it public.”

A day later World Rugby called for the ban to be re­viewed. NOVEM­BER 2009 Wales made a strong break into All Blacks ter­ri­tory with 10 min­utes re­main­ing of their 2009 clash in Cardiff. As re­serve half­back Martin Roberts as­sessed his op­tions, Dan Carter tack­led him – ini­tially hit­ting him in the chest be­fore his arm rode up to the neck.

There was no ac­tion taken and Gat­land was fu­ri­ous af­ter the game, sug­gest­ing on TV im­me­di­ately af­ter that ref­er­ees were scared of the All Blacks. JULY 2017 French ref­eree Ro­main Poite got things en­tirely wrong in the last minute of the third test against the Bri­tish & Ir­ish Lions by award­ing the All Blacks a scrum in­stead of a penalty.

He wrongly de­nied the All Blacks a chance to go for the win. A few weeks later World Rugby in­ter­vened to ques­tion a de­ci­sion about Sonny Bill Wil­liams’ sus­pen­sion pe­riod. The gov­ern­ing body said it was sur­prised the in­de­pen­dent panel con­sid­ered the All Blacks ‘game of three halves’ to be a ‘proper game’.

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