Re: Having watched the game on Aviva......
13 February, 2012 20:38
I haven’t seen any TV clips of the match, but I had a superb close up view of the second try awarded to Woodburn. I stood on the front step of the terrace fronting the clubhouse, with the uncovered Novia stand at a right angle. From the terrace, I has an unimpeded view of the corner where the ball was grounded behind the try line. A Falcon hand got to it first, and just got enough downward pressure on it to ground the ball, but he did not control it. A split second later Woodburn’s momentum carried him over the try line, enabling him to snatch the the ball away and ground it for a second time. No try. The nearest official, and he was some way distant, was the touch judge. He seemed to be consulted by the ref , but he just shrugged his shoulders. This did not stop the more distant ref from awarding the try. If any incident cried out for a TMO, as has been said, this was it. By this decision the ref cost us the match. So at the Rec we won a moral victory, 23-24. But such victories don’t help keep you in the Premiership. In a previous post, about an hour after getting off the bus at KP, I had doubts about the pen try. After checking the law, the ref at least got this one right.
The ref needs to take a refresher course on scrummaging technique. He missed several slipped fbindings by Bath, usually by their loosehead, up against Euan Murray.
All this is now water under the bridge and pointless to agonise over.