I'm beginning to think they're all useless.....the Sale try that never was....no downward pressure, body weight moving in another direction....knock on would have been the correct decision.....try's should NEVER be given unless you are near enough 100% certain.
What was wrong with Strettles try???????????????????????????
Once again the topics of most matches are of contentious refreeing decisions....it is a great pity but like it or not this is the case.
I really hope we get the rub of the green on Saturday because I am fed up of reading posts on here following the match of refereeing rubbish....win or lose I fear this will be the case though....not digging out our supporters because they are absolutely correct in bringing these issues to the fore....just get fed up with it though.
I don't normally jump to the defence of referees - but it is so easy to criticise them for mistakes. The one point that I have never seen stated is that, at least IMHO, even the worst referees get the majority of the decisions correct. The referee rules on what he sees, or thinks he sees. He can never, repeat never, be 100% correct unless you are prepared to have a video review of every decision he takes (and even then errors are made!). You can imagine the complaints that would ensue if this was to happen.
In the case of the Strettle try, the referees "fault" was to accept the decision of the video match official. I further accept that the correct decision in the event of not allowing the try would have been to revert to the penalty he had given before time had expired. However, I feel part of the fault for this oversight could also be laid at the feet of England's captain who should have been chatting to him and reminding him instead of standing apart.
Remember, without a referee there can be no game. I also note the lack of complaints when Wasps were winning and probably getting the benefit of "doubtful" decisions.
He could look very stern. I was just watching England v France from 2001 on ESPN. Lol gave Matt Perry a look for a slightly duff pass. England were winning 48-19 with less than five minutes to go. I suspect we could do with a little of that.
The annoying thing about Strettles 'try' is that we see many given trys every weekend where players don't ever ground the ball but only land on their arms/hands. Just because they've had a clear run in with no opposition doesn't mean you should give a try when they fall over past the try line. :-)
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