There were controversial scenes just seven minutes into Wales’ “Judgement Day” on Saturday, in the Pro 12 encounter between Cardiff Blues and Ospreys.
The Principality Stadium played host to this fixture as part of a double-header with Newport Gwent Dragons versus Scarlets, and the crowd did not have to wait long for their first big talking point.
The Blues raced into an early 5-0 lead courtesy of a try from Kristian Dacey, but the moment of controversy was to come soon after.
Fly-half Gareth Anscombe saw his conversion attempt cannon off the post and, according to both touch judges, deflect between the posts and create a seven-point gap between the two sides.
However, the TV cameras picked up a very different trajectory for Anscombe’s kick…
Did Gareth Anscombe’s conversion go over?
It was given by the touch judges.
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It looks for all the world like the ball deflected around the posts, rather than through them, and that the touch judges were fooled by the deflection in awarding the extra two points.
In truth, it’s hard to know what effect the points had on the game as a whole, though the margin of victory suggests that the tie was only going one way regardless. Cardiff Blues went into half time with a strong 21-3 lead before going on to win 35-17 against their Welsh rivals.
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