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Black Mark For White

Six Nations Wales
by Mike Martin (U891137) 10 March 2007
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Compared with football, rugby union does not have a history of outrageous refereeing errors. What, for example, is the equivalent of Charles Corver not penalizing Toni Schumacher's assault on Patrick Battiston or the Russian (Azeri, actually) linesman awarding Geoff Hurst's goal in 1966?

Take a bow Chris White, whose ridiculous refereeing at the end of Italy's 23-20 win over Wales on Saturday certainly robbed Wales of a chance to level and probably consigns Gareth Jenkins's side to the wooden spoon.

With ten seconds left, Italy were penalized. Told he could take a line-out, James Hook, Wales' outstanding centre and goal-kicker, found touch and Wales' pack moved forward for one last drive, only for White, ludicrously and to the outrage of Gareth Thomas, consulted the video referee before blowing for full time.

There can be few more blatant examples of incompetence than an official saying one thing to the players before changing his mind. If there was no time for a line-out, Hook would surely have taken three points and Wales would have saved a draw.

It does not excuse White's error, but the rule surely needs clarifying. It is not the first time under Jenkins' stewardship that Wales have been robbed of a chance of a vital late score due to bad time-keeping; exactly the same happened in the draw against Australia in the 2006 Autumn International. How much less scope for confusion would there be if the IRB simply rule that any penalty awarded before 80'00" can be kicked for touch, even if the line-out happens after the clock has 'turned red'.

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posted Mar 11, 2007

The fact is this: White messed up. I am all for referees not having to put up with the abuse you see in football, but they absolutely should have to explain their decisions after the game. Mr White, your decision was disgraceful. Stand up and answer your critics or leave the international arena.

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posted Mar 11, 2007

Probably the most sensible comment on here. A balanced view rather than the absolute TOSH written by gloucesterman1. The only saving grace is that I could read his comments instead of having to actually LISTEN to him.

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posted Mar 11, 2007

Can't wait for you lot at the Millennium!! Bring on the England Gooners!!!laugh

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posted Mar 11, 2007

THIS, unfortunately, is the type of comment that encourages dropping standards of discipline in the modern game. It was a cheap, dirty shot, deserving of a red card. Not heat of the moment. Not retaliation for some perceived injustice. Just thuggery. There's no place for it in this beautiful game.

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comment by Mais78 (U2481786)

posted Mar 11, 2007

Didn't anyone realise that Bergamasco didn't punch Jones at all? You have been misguided by the one sided BBC commentary. His hand is in tackling position, not a fist. Secondly the "impact" is between jaw and neck, not where Jones got the stiches. Jones got injured before that.

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posted Mar 12, 2007

1. Blind ref's assistants.
2. Why do they always practice on us.
And lets be honest about this its not the first time English ref's have done this to us, its about time the WRU stood up for its'self,why are they so afraid and I mean afraid of the english,there has always been a rule for them and a rule for us.
Ask EDDIE English [ butler ]
Come on boys stand up for Us.

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posted Mar 12, 2007

When watching the England game yesterday, they played the audio of conversation between the video ref and and the referee. The video ref changed his mind about the time left almost the second after Hook kicked into touch. Bang out of order. Don't get me wrong, Wales were once again awful on the day, but some very dubious decision went on before this debacle.

Midway through the second half Wales were attacking inside the 22 on the Italian right, when it looked like we were going to score, an italian player took out the welsh player waiting to receive what would surely have been a try making pass, BEFORE he received the ball, and the idiot line judge, who was within 5-6 yards of the incident didn't see it. AWFUL stuff. Apparently it was his first international. Unbelievable that he should get chosen for a match of such importance.

Then of course there was the Bergamasco "punch". Regardless of whether the blow was or wasn't what caused Jones's injury, it was a punch all the same, and should have been punished. I actually think that Tom White had a good game, it was the video ref that was making all the mistakes, and should be the one apologising to the welsh.

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comment by Corby (U2919688)

posted Mar 12, 2007

We could argue about this forever yes the ref messed up but blame the team for this even mattering.

Against NewZealand then i would be gutted against Italy I'm appauled with the welsh team for losing not the ref for making a mistake

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posted Mar 13, 2007

in terms of the ball being dead there was a similar set of circumstances at the end of the first half. a lineout had been awarded, white was told that time was up for the first half, but he said that he'd awarded the lineout so they were playing it, why was this not the case at the end of the second half as well? a clear case of inconsistancy either both lineouts should of been awarded or niether.

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comment by dimtay (U7752882)

posted Mar 13, 2007

I heard the audio, the timekeepers choice of words was most strange. How ever crass the Refs actions, Wales would still have to have scored to win the match from the line out. Therefore even if Wales had taken the line out Italy could well have come away with the game....

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