Jonathan Kaplan wasn’t impressed by the performance of Nigel Owens.
Although New Zealand’s 27 point winning margin suggests the All Blacks recorded an easy win over Australia this morning, the game’s momentum shifted in favour of the home side in the space of eight controversial minutes.
First the Wallabies thought they had equalised when Nigel Owens awarded a try to Australia after Henry Speight crossed the line in the 45th minute.
However no sooner had the Wallabies started to believe they could topple the much vaunted All Blacks, TMO Shaun Veldsman brought Nigel Owens’ attention to the passage of play before the Australian winger touched down.
To the Ire of Michael Cheika and the Australian players, both match officials concluded that Dane Haylett-Petty had blocked the chasing Julian Savea as Speight raced toward the line.
Although there was much debate as to whether or not Savea would have prevented Speight from scoring, the score was rescinded.
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The incident seemed to rattle the All Blacks into action, and eight minutes later Savea crossed the line to hand New Zealand a ten point lead, even though the Wallabies were protesting over a possible trip on Scott Sio in the build up.
While the second incident was probably accidental, the decision of Owens and Veldsman to disallow Speight’s effort drew the wrath of former international referee Jonathan Kaplan, who labelled it as “absurd”.
That is an absurd decision !! Poor Australia #NZvsAUS How can this happen at that level . the ref is complicit and accountable
— Jonathan Kaplan (@RefJK) October 22, 2016
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