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There’s Some Annoyed Reaction To The Officiating Of Ireland V New Zealand

Ireland lead New Zealand 9-6 at half time in their titanic clash at the Aviva Stadium.

That scoreline doesn’t tell the story however, with the home side dominating the attacking play against the best team in the world.

Johnny Sexton and Beauden Barrett have kicked the respective scores for both teams, but it was Ireland who were denied a try by the TMO.

After an advantage from the scrum just outside the New Zealand try-line, Sexton chipped the ball into the path of Rob Kearney. He looked to have touched it down for the opening try, but the TMO ruled that he had knocked the ball on.

The sequence came via just one of seven penalties that the All Blacks conceded in the first 40 minutes, and many of those occurred within their own 10 metre line.

Sam Whitelock was also lucky to avoid being sin-binned.

While it’s a stirring testament to the pressure Ireland have applied, the score remains close, and it caused much consternation among the RTÉ commentators.

It has also garnered some sharp reaction online.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

Student whose interests lie in sports ranging from Darts to MMA, with the likes of Golf, Boxing and Soccer in between. Closet wrestling fan and a lover of sports psychology and stiff jabs.