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Fans Question Romain Poite’s Performance in The Game Between South Africa and Argentina

Romain Poite has come in for strong criticism after his refereeing performance in the game between South Africa and Argentina

French referee, Romain Poite, has for some time been a controversial referee, with supporters often left mystified by some of his decisions. His performance yesterday proved to be no different, with many South African supporters left aghast by some of his calls.

Although it must be stated that Argentina deserved to beat South Africa, Poite had a massive influence on the game. His decision to allow Argentina take a quick penalty, despite a number of medics being on the field, enabled Juan Imhoff complete his hat-trick, angering Springbok fans.

Supporters were infuriated further by Poite’s decision to disallow Cobus Reinach’s try in the 74th minute. While Reinach grounded the ball successfully, Poite judged that the scrum half did not take the penalty from the correct position.

Although much of the blame for Imhoff’s try lies with the South African defence, Poite made the wrong call. For Reinach’s effort, Poite was correct, but at that stage many Springbok supporters were frustrated by the referee.

In fact some took to Twitter to voice their disapproval.

Tell us what you think.

Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.