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Come on all, I know we lost but let's not be too blinkered here - we did great all things considered and only just lost against a very good Wales team. You can't blame Walsh or the TMO for not giving the 'try'. Walsh when immediately talking to the Ass't ref/touch judge said he thought it had been held up and so he rightly went to the TMO and ask if it was a try or no try. ALL the video we and the TMO saw indicated that the ball never touched the ground on or over the line - so it how could the TMO have given a try ??? Now should Walsh have then gone back for the penalty? Tricky because unless we say there is only advantage if a try is scored then we'd be constantly having to come back to penalties after advantage is played. What Walsh no doubt thought was that the fact a try was so nearly scored from a position where a try was a good possibility was advantage, especially when viewed against coming back to a penalty 5 metres out with the Welsh defence would all be re-organised. There would have been no time for a line out and a taking a scrum would have been risky as we all know the lottery of scrum collapse decisions.
In terms of George North, well the ref and Touch judges can only rule on what they see in real speed fomr a distance on the pitch. How many of us actually thought North had slapped it into touch at theat moment in time? I certainly didn't and it was only when the replays were shown that it looked like he may have (still not definate though IMO). Reffing is a hard job but we'd have no game without them and so let's not get into cirticising refs for things like this. Yes there are some bad decisions which meed analysing and refs brought to task by their referee management over them but Walsh and his officials did fine in my book re the 'try' and the 'slap into touch' for the reaosn I have just outlined.
Let's not be poor losers but look forward to the match in Paris - and not many of us would have thought we had a good chance there after the Scotland and Italy games!
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