We’ve seen today the news emerging that World Rugby confirmed that Gareth Anscombe’s try against England on Saturday should have stood.
At that point, England were 12-0 to the good and a try at that stage could have drastically changed the complexion of the game. Instead, Rhys Patchell converted a penalty to get three points on the board due to an advantage his side had at the time.
It’s impossible to predict what might have happened if that try was allowed but it is worrying that the TMO could get such a decision incorrect in a game of such magnitude.
Eddie Jones was asked about World Rugby’s statement today during a media briefing and the 58-year-old believes that there shouldn’t be retrospective reviewing of incidents such as this and that there should be respect for the referees.
“They’ve done it before. I just think once the game’s done and dusted, that’s the game. You can’t have retrospective umpiring and refereeing of decisions. You’ve got to trust the referees and respect their integrity and then you leave it at that and get on with it, one side’s won, one side’s lost.
“In Japan, they have a great saying, ‘at full time there’s no side’. That’s one of the traditions of rugby, you get on with it, you respect that decision. If you haven’t got the rub of the green, you’ll probably have it in the next couple of games.”
Jones will now concentrate on getting his 25-man squad through their preparations for the rest of the week after releasing seven players back to their clubs today.