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    Sharks frustrated with officiating

    2015-03-02 14:18

    Pretoria - Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold has called for greater consistency from Super Rugby officials following their 43-35 loss to the Bulls.

    There were some debatable decisions made by the officials in the game at Loftus Versfeld and the Durbanites feel it could have changed the outcome of the match.

    Television match official Johan Greeff allowed a try by wing Francois Hougaard to stand after it appeared the pass he received from fullback Jesse Kriel was forward.

    Sharks fullback SP Marais was denied a try in the 65th minute, with the Bulls leading 33-29, when Odwa Ndungane was ruled to have knocked on while contesting for the ball in the air.

    Jan Serfontein was also awarded a try on the stroke of full-time after appearing to lose control of the ball.

    Gold said these decisions proved crucial as his side suffered their second defeat in the competition.

    "That first Bulls try and the other TMO decision wasn't allowed for the try Odwa set up were critical, they were game changers in a much bigger sense than we can understand," Gold told SAPA.

    "It went from us potentially winning the game, potentially getting a fourth try, to then losing the game with a bonus point and losing the game without a bonus point.

    "That is massive in a South African conference that will be very tightly contested because every team is good this year and everyone is competitive."

     

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