Tuesday 16 July 2019

Scots' controversial exit shows law is an ass

Referee Craig Joubert
Referee Craig Joubert
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Quite what Craig Joubert thought he might achieve by sprinting off the field at the controversial end to Sunday's Twickenham quarter-final between Australia and Scotland is beyond me.

As former Scotland and Lions captain Gavin Hastings emphasised in commentary, it represented something he had never seen before and "was against the spirit of rugby".

Whether or not the penalty Joubert (above) awarded was justified is of course central to the issue - and World Rugby yesterday admitted it should have been a scrum - but so is the governing body's confirmation that the referee could not have consulted with the TMO about the decision.

So it wasn't an act of foul play, an infringement in the build-up to a try, a check on the grounding of the ball or a kick at goal.

It did, however, determine a World Cup quarter-final at the death by way of a decision shrouded in controversy.

Of course we don't want rugby turning into gridiron in terms of break in play, but this World Rugby law is one hell of an ass.

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