The Round 16 of the 2017 Super Rugby competition may have come and gone, and the final Test between the All Blacks and the British & Irish Lions in Auckland a thing of the past but one thing that sticks its ugly head of the controversial decision from French ref RomainPoite.
The man in the middle continues to be dragged on social media and in rugby analysis for his controversial call. The ref initially awarded the New Zealand contingent a kickable penalty but then changed his mind and awarded a scrum to the hosts.
The referee was believed to have made the accidental off side call after being influenced by the Lions skipper Sam Warburton. This might not have been much of an issue if it was earlier in the game but it was so late in the game and contributed to the 15-15 stalemate.
Hooker Ken Owens seemed to have played the ball from the off side position. Penalties have been awarded for this in the past. All Black captain Kieran Read did the same thing but the officials failed to pick it up.
Lions full back Liam Williams lost control of the ball when Read made contact with him but he was not penalised. Since Read did not win the ball, he was not allowed to make contact in the air like he did. There were just too many slights in officiating and it impacted the game.
At the Super Rugby, aside the two games in South Africa, three games were played in Australia. The days of 18-team Super Rugby are over. For the Aussies, the quality of their super teams is very low at the moment. The Waratahs were defeated at home by a poor Jaguares side while the Brumbies lost to the Reds. However, the Brumbies are poised to make the playoff despite fewer log points than their NZ poorest performing counterparts.