vh5150 wrote:Poite had one job to do last night as a ref. A referee is the person of authority in the game who is responsible for presiding over the game from a neutral point of view and making on-the-fly decisions thatenforce the rules of the sport not interpret the rules for himself.
Poite has now opened a can of worms. He allowed the Lions to effectively negotiate the penalty reversal with Warburton effectively saying " sorry ref my player didn't mean to catch that ball in an offside position".
If that decision was in American sport like that NFL the governing body would be making a statement within 24 hours along the lines of " that decision by the ref was wrong, it shouldn't have happened and we are taking steps to rectify" In essence they would send a notification to all the refs advising how that situation should have been handled. The ref concerned would then be ineligible from the play offs.
Poite should be sanctioned by the IRB and removed from any Rugby Championship officiating in 2017
By that definition Sonny Bill didn't mean to shoulder slam a Lions player and poor old Charlie didn't mean to tackle the Kangroo in a Lions jersey that jumped into his arms at ten end of the second test.
Lions certainly had the luck of the Irish in the series ... but that's sport. Neither team really good enough to capitalise when it mattered. Given the rub of the green the Lions missed a golden opportunity to snare a very rare feat.
People are saying this the 3rd test was epic. It wasn't. It was a poor test with heaps of dropped ball and error laden. I found the series lacked the intensity and skill set of the Rugby Championship and I'm looking forward to much better tests coming up.
So much fail.
1 - they are laws and not rules.
2 - as they are laws they are subject to interpretation (there are a thousand infringements occurring at each ruck, but the ref has to work out if they have a material impact or not - and if not then ignore the infringement and allow play to continue).
3 - almost all decisions they make are on the fly. They rarely get a chance for a TMO review. And TMO reviews really only occur at the highest level, so that is a rarity in and of itself.
Did he get this one wrong? I say yes. Was it the right decision in the end? I say yes.