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World Rugby CEO confirms full investigation into Craig Joubert behaviour will take place

Nonsense. Joubert made a call that, in real time, looked perfectly reasonable and fair. He didn't spot the touch by the Aussie, and neither did the closest touch judge (or else he would have surely intervened). So you're crucifying him on the basis of this decision, but it's the type of call most refs probably would have made. The real reasons for the gripe are that a.) this happened in the last 5 minutes and b.) it's your team that lost.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

'Penalty was the wrong call' says World Rugby review of Craig Joubert decision

You do realise of course that the touch judge could have intervened without the referee asking. This is, in fact, how it normally works - the touch judge spots something the referee didn't and sticks his flag out. The ref saunters over, they have a chat and the ref potentially changes his decision. This didn't happen, and this can only mean the touch judge didn't see it either.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

'Penalty was the wrong call' says World Rugby review of Craig Joubert decision

Definitely goes forward. Only question: is it from Laidlaw's hand or from Denton's foot. Looks like Laidlaw's hand, but there would have been at least two other TV angles available had they wanted to check. Which they didn't, so try stands. Scotland wins. Japan goes home. Scotland plays in QF. The luck of the bounce, rub of the green etc. etc. On another day, this would have been spotted and called as a knock on. You take your lucky breaks when they are on offer. I guess this is what Australia did on the weekend. Not all that different.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

'Penalty was the wrong call' says World Rugby review of Craig Joubert decision

World Rugby seem to be a bunch of spineless cowards. "After watching the incident in slo-mo from several angles for several hours, we can confirm that the referee got it completely wrong in real time on the field."

What kind of boss does this?

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

'Penalty was the wrong call' says World Rugby review of Craig Joubert decision

This try put Scotland into the QF and effectively knocked Japan out. And at 7 seconds Laidlaw knocks the ball on while trying to pick it up. No TMO referral. Try stands. Sayonara Japan.

No whingeing about the ref from either Samoa or Japan though.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxU_SjPegag

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3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

'Penalty was the wrong call' says World Rugby review of Craig Joubert decision

Accidental offside was what happened earlier, when a kick bounced forward off Nell and was then handled by a Scottish player. But in this case, the first Scottish player didn't accidentally handle the ball. So there was no reason to award an "accidental offside" scrum. If Joubert believed the ball had come from Scotsman to Scotsman (as he clearly did) then the only result is a penalty.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

World Rugby CEO confirms full investigation into Craig Joubert behaviour will take place

They were only in the quarter final because of a "serious error of judgement" in the dying moments of the Samoa game. Clear knock on not called in the Laidlaw try, and also not referred to the TMO. So pipe down.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

'Penalty was the wrong call' says World Rugby review of Craig Joubert decision

So after getting into the QF thanks to a try that shouldn't have stood, they lose out on the semis thanks to a penalty that shouldn't have been awarded. Forgive me for not commiserating too much. Seems like karma of sorts.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Argentina knock Ireland out with convincing Quarter Final win

Ha ha. The Argies hate you plenty. Just watch the Top Gear Patagonia special if you need any reminding. I'm not saying it's all right or justified, but there's a fair bit of bitterness still brewing down there.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

World Rugby CEO confirms full investigation into Craig Joubert behaviour will take place

Very disappointing. Didn't expect this reaction.

I was gutted when Bryce Lawrence cost SA a place in the semis last time round, but no amount of disappointment warrants this kind of lynch mob.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago