Sunday 17 December 2017

Peter Bills: Change the laws to let TMOs avoid any more farcical gaffes

Peter Bills

Two men made serious blunders in Cardiff on Saturday that directly influenced the outcome. But neither of them was the referee.

One was Irish out-half Jonathan Sexton, an undistinguished second-half substitute, and the other was Scottish assistant referee Peter Allan. Between them, they brought chaos to an international match.

Sexton erred by kicking the ball out on the full after 49 minutes. Then Allan made the crass error of losing concentration, failing to follow the flight of the ball so that he would have seen the same ball was clearly not used for the quick throw-in for Mike Phillips' try that proved the crucial difference.

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