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Peter Bills: Pumas' failings not helped by poor display of refereeing

Peter Bills

Published 29/11/2010 | 05:00

Argentina hardly begin international rugby matches with the likes of Mike Gibson, Tony O'Reilly, Gareth Edwards, Barry John or Jo Maso in their back-line.

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Inept would be a kind word to describe a set of Pumas three-quarters who can't time a pass, can't offload, can't find a single cutting line and couldn't discover space if they made a one-man mission to the moon.

But by comparison with South African referee Mark Lawrence, the Argentinian players outside the scrum were geniuses. Lawrence, who has had a bad 2010 as a Test match official, was poor. How an international referee can be so utterly shocking defied belief, never mind credibility in the entire refereeing system.

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