The Lions escaped
August 31, 2013 in Uncategorized
It was a game of high intensity from the start with Western Province catching the Lions flat footed in the first 30 minutes steaming away to a 22-3 lead. WP will feel that they left a certain win on the table as they allowed the Lions back in the game to finally come away with a 31-all draw.
Full match: http://youtu.be/O9jczAM9NV4
As with most games nowadays where TMO decisions are involved it wasn’t a game without its share of controversy, in part due to commentators questioning decisions without have sufficient knowledge of the laws.
The Lions were beneficiaries of two TMO decisions that will probably be discussed ad nauseum this week especially by WP supporters feeling done in, the first being the apparent knock on leading up to Deon Helberg’s try, the other Damian de Allende being penalised and a penalty try being awarded.
After the try was scored Jaco Peyper called in the TMO and from his gestures it was obvious that he wanted the possible knock-on investigated as he was behind the players and couldn’t see whether the Ball was knocked or came of a WP player.
The TMO went back to the incident and then ran through play until the try, never returning to the possible knock. Why not?
Well, in terms of the IRB TMO protocol the TMO can only go back two phases (rucks, mauls, scrums, etc.) from the try and there had been two rucks after the incident and before the try was scored, which means that the possible knock on fell outside the scope of the TMO. As we saw no close up slomo’s of the incident it is impossible to say whether it was a knock or not but it certainly looked like one.
The penalty try:
The TMO ruled that de Allende came in from the wrong side and dived on Boshoff and prevented him from scoring a probable try and Peyper awarded a penalty try and yellow-carded de Allende.
Taking the last bit first, when a penalty try is awarded it is an automatic yellow card for the offending player, therefore the yellow card was correct in the situation.
Now, did de Allende perform a penalisable offence?
In terms of the tackle laws and its application a player arriving at a tackle has to 1) come through the “gate” and 2) remain on his feet.
Boshoff was clearly tackled and on the ground when de Allende arrived, came in from the side and not from behind his team mate and dived in, not staying on his feet. He then proceeded to play the ball on the ground making it three penalisable offences, which wouldn’t have raised an eyebrow if penalised anywhere else on the park.
With that behind us and sorted out I think most Lions supporters will feel that the Lions had a lucky escape after being outplayed in the first half. These slow starts have been a problem for the Lions the whole year already and they need to get it sorted out but quickly.
Photos added as per comment below:
Before Kolbe released the ball:
As Kolbe release the ball: