Monday 22 January 2018

Ref Watch

After being completely dominated in the first half, going in only 13-6 down was something of an achievement for Ireland, and Nigel Owens' persisting punishing of South African indiscipline was a significant boon in this regard.

The Welshman always cuts a calm figure and he controlled this encounter with little fuss, and no great dramas revealed on his ref-link.

He twice penalised the Springboks for back-chat, sent Bryan Habana to the bin even when Ireland got the try and exerted a cool authority throughout. However, a couple of Owens' interpretations at scrum time raised eyebrows and he was hampered, like all referees under the IRB ruling, by the preposterous pregnant 'pause . . . engage' rule.


AFTER 13 minutes and 12 seconds, the clock is stopped to allow Ireland flanker David Wallace receive attention. Initially, it looks like he has taken a South African knee to the head but replays show that while he was on the ground, Springbok hands appeared to come into contact with Wallace's eye area. Wallace is then seen receiving medical attention in the eye area.

Irish Independent

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