Kaplan: Bulls 2nd try should not have been
Cape Town - Former South African Test referee Jonathan Kaplan says the Bulls were lucky when they were awarded their second try against the Lions was awarded.
Scrumhalf Piet van Zyl scored his second try in the 10th minute which put the hosts 12-0 up in the trans-Jukskei Super Rugby derby at Loftus Versfeld last Saturday.
The Bulls eventually won an entertaining match 35-33.
There appeared to be a forward pass from No 8 Arno Botha to centre Jan Serfontein in the build-up to Van Zyl's second try, an incident which was noted by Kaplan.
Kaplan commented on the game via his website, www.ratetheref.co.za.
He wrote: "The Bulls came away with a narrow home win against the Lions who fought back from 18-3 and 25-10 down to actually lead. Eventually, the Bulls got their noses in front and it stayed that way. I thought referee (Marius) Van der Westhuizen had a decent game, and people should realise that just like (Ben) O’Keeffe from NZ, it will take a little time for him to settle into the pace of this environment.
"The Bulls’ second try should never have been as there was a clear forward pass in the build-up. It should have been picked up by the officials, and it wasn’t. The difference in score in the end was two points, but that’s not really the point. The Bulls were probably the better outfit on the day, but this is professional sport and we need to be looking for solutions to these issues, not running for cover and hoping the dust settles quickly after each weekend."
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