'Unique' incident denied Bulls

2012-08-23 15:21

Cape Town - The South African Rugby Union (SARU) has reaffirmed best practice for assistant referees (ARs) when judging kicks at poles following a “unique” incident in a Currie Cup Premier Division match last weekend.
André Watson, GM of Referees at SARU, also advised officials to seek the assistance of the Television Match Official (TMO) if in doubt as to whether goal kicks had been successful or otherwise.
The instruction came after a kick by Blue Bulls flyhalf Louis Fouché was ruled to have been unsuccessful in the 33rd minute of their match against the Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

Footage provided by the Blue Bulls from a camera they had positioned behind the goal posts revealed that the ball had in fact cleared the crossbar at its intersection with an upright. If the kick had been awarded the match score would have been tied at 13-13.
“When the Bulls raised the matter I looked at SuperSport’s footage from their grandstand camera and the ball clearly appeared to have passed on the wrong side of the pole,” said Watson. “However, after several hours comparing the replays frame-by-frame, the Bulls’ footage from a better angle shows the ball crossing the cross bar - it was a unique incident in my experience.
“The ARs were correctly positioned and, at the time, had no doubt that they had made the correct decision. The Cheetahs players, and particularly fullback, Hennie Danniller, who caught the ball, continued playing as if the kick had been missed as well.
“However a mistake was made, although that was only confirmed with a slow motion video reply from a unique angle. We’re always looking to cut down on errors so we have reaffirmed the guidelines for adjudication in these matters and have advised officials not to hesitate to resort to the TMO for his assistance although, in this case, it may not have contradicted the officials’ impression.”
Watson confirmed that the laws of the game leave the referee as the sole arbiter of fact and that the match points cannot be retrospectively added to the Blue Bulls’ score. They lost the match 32-18.


  • morne.vandyk.58 - 2012-08-23 15:40

    With or without 3 point they got smashed. Cry me a river.

      vermeulenwa - 2012-08-23 16:11

      Look I agree, they got smashed. Bulls where well beaten. That said, I think there is a valid point here, what if it was only a 3 point game and the decision was made incorrectly. Any team out there would feel robbed in a scenario like that. Well done to the Cheetahs...I've always been a believer that teams should beat their opponents in such a way that these types of decisions doesn't matter...but sometimes when two strong teams clash, it often comes down to 2 or 3 points.

      justice.ubuntu - 2012-08-23 16:43

      it would not have helped in the slightest to refer to the tmo because the official footage showed it missing... it was only the bulls private footage that differs from the ref, line judges and ALL the players... the only unique thing is the bulls 'finding' footage that shows everyone else was 'wrong'

      werner.coetzer.311 - 2012-08-23 16:43

      I agree, if the same logic was used 2007 in the dying minutes of the Super 14 final, it would have been clear that play had to be stopped due to Bull infringements in the ruck and they would not have beaten the Sharks for the title

      rocky.rockson.982 - 2012-08-23 20:35

      If anyone is crying a river it's Werner Coetzee. That's some deep seated emotional trauma

  • pieter.roos.566 - 2012-08-23 15:47

    The Cheetahs were also denied a try by Sarel Pretorius when he was ruled to have been held in a tackle before darting over the trie line with the ball in hand. It was plain as daylight he scored the try and was in-fact "not" held. I believe the refs should use the TV ref when a player "scores a try" with a "possible" infringement prior to it in stead of just awarding a penalty to the defending side, in the cases as mentioned here. I've seen the Cheetahs been denied a try because of a forward pass only picked up on a TV ref review. Why can it (TV ref review) not also be used in the favour of the attacking team in such cases?

  • yb.normal2 - 2012-08-23 15:59

    Hierdie is nie die eerste keer dat so iets gebeur met die Bulls nie, paar jaar gelede in 'n Curriebeker wedstryd, dink amper semi-finaal, ook teen die Vrystaat was daar 'n soort gelyke geval, waar die doelskop, praat onder korreksie, te hoog oor die pale was en die skop ook as mis aan gegee is.

      gawievdm - 2012-08-23 16:22

      Jy is korrek, toe het Derrick Hougaard geskop. Daai sou ook moontlik die wedstryd verander het aangesien die bulle toe 6-6 elk sou gewees het, maar toe word dit 9-3.

  • freddie.miff - 2012-08-23 16:12

    Makes no difference, Bulls still got a hiding. Referring this decision to the TMO would not have assisted either as they do not have several hours to compare replays. Bulls are just sore losers. Accept it and move on.

      gawievdm - 2012-08-23 16:23

      Dit het niks met slegte verloor te doen nie jou aap, die bulle wys dit uit, sodat daar in die toekoms nie sulke foute gemaak word nie.

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-08-23 16:21

    Why this incident, it happens all the time in every game.

  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-08-23 16:24

    Oh my word... Are the bulls making their name weepee?

      lood800 - 2012-08-23 16:40

      you are missing the point idiot!

      gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-08-23 18:18

      hay toilet... I mean loo... uhm. ok. At least now I know they are.... This is a freakin petty incident, but all things considered, it's time the Bull handed back the first Super Trophy they won illegally. Then, and only then, will I accept this garbage. Play to the whistle.... finish and klaar. Everyone has gripes in any sport. If you don't like rugby or it's rules go watch a.f.l.or something... what's it, about 4 hours a game? Voetsek. I love rugby and have learned to accept harsh decisions like a man.

  • jean.rossouwsa - 2012-08-23 16:42

    Niks Unique om die Bulle te verneuk nie!!!!!!! Unique dat n ander span behalwe die Bulle die beker wen!!!

      lablue.phoenix - 2012-08-23 17:17

      Colorado Avalanche 11 years cupless and counting.

  • stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-08-23 16:48

    NATUURLIK kan Watttie se skeidsregters nie 'n fout maak nie!

  • johan.spies.18 - 2012-08-23 23:21

    Cheated out of a game once again and WP handed another one on a plate by Mr Ref. What a joke

      gerrie.v.eeden - 2012-08-24 13:37

      How were they cheated out of the game? If they lost by less than 3, yes, you mayu have a case. Until then, go sit in the corner.

  • pomene.stormer - 2012-08-24 07:33

    What a waste of space - useless info !! Do not talk all the time - do something !!! Why was that unique footage not available to the TMO but it was available for viewing afterwards - klink vir my na n Malemarige tipe storie - n klomp stront !!! use it or lose it - in this case lose it !!!

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