Beauden Barrett ran over the Irish try line during the first half of Ireland vs New Zealand, but a cover tackle from Jonathan Sexton appeared to disrupt the grounding. However, the Television Match Official decided that it was grounded clearly, despite the crowd and seemingly the referee disagreeing.
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The TMO was asked if he could see a clear grounding, and duly awarded the try.
Ireland fans were outraged by the decision to award the try.
Referee clearly disagrees, that’s scandalous. #IREvNZ
— Maurice Brosnan (@m_brosnan) November 19, 2016
Nobody but the TMO saw a clear grounding there. #IREvNZL
— Ross Cannon (@Migeycan) November 19, 2016
Literally lying through his teeth there. Prick. Whats the point of a TMO!? @WorldRugby
— Michael McCarthy (@McCarthyMick) November 19, 2016
TMO is Jon Mason (WRU).
Ref: “Can you see a clear grounding?” He says he can. Nobody else can.
— Gavin Cummiskey (@Cumoski) November 19, 2016
That’s an absolute disgrace
— Steve O’Rourke (@steveohrourke) November 19, 2016
He literally cannot see a clear grounding on the grass BECAUSE HE CANNOT SEE THE BLOODY GRASS
— Gavan Reilly (@gavreilly) November 19, 2016
At the time of writing, the All Blacks currently lead 14-6, after Jonathan Sexton and Robbie Henshaw were forced ashore for the Irish due to injury.
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