The Pro12 has often been criticised for the standard of refereeing.
Over the last number of seasons the Welsh regions in particular have felt aggrieved by the standard of refereeing in the cross border competition.
Although accusations have been made relating to the objectivity of referees, fans a more concerned by the lack of consistency and the lack of quality match officials.
Friday night was no different, when Dudley Phillips was once again the centre of attention. Earlier this season he took charge of Cardiff’s tie with Leinster, which proved particularly contentious.
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Therefore it’s safe to say that Phillips is not all that welcomed in Wales when he’s tasked with taking charge of a league fixture. Something Ospreys coach Steve Tandy alluded to after the game, when he told Wales Online, “When we saw this game lined up we knew Edinburgh wouldn’t be the only frustrating factor”.
Such a view will be reinforced following a bizarre decision on Friday night, in which the Irish whistle blower signaled for a try to be awarded despite the fact that Dan Evans was taken out by Edinburgh’s Damien Hoyland before being able to contest for possession.
The incident left Ospreys coach Steve Tandy furious, labeling the decision as “pretty laughable” before stressing, “I shouldn’t think I’d have to put in a report after pretty much everyone has seen what [happened]”.
Strong stuff from Tandy, but he has a point. Speaking on commentary, Sean Holley described it as “one of the worst decisions I’ve ever seen”.
.@EdinburghRugby score, but should it have been awarded?
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