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Lions captain plays key role as ref changes mind

Lions captain plays key role as ref changes mind”

Lions hooker Ken Owens was initially penalised for illegally playing the ball in front of Liam Williams, who spilled the kick-off after Owen Farrell had levelled the scores with 180 seconds left.

Joubert did not consult the television official and Bernard Foley stepped up to slot the penalty that gave the Wallabies a 35-34 victory and a semi-final spot against Argentina. "Again, it is what it is, it's happened and we can't change that".

"As a little kid we're taught to accept the good with the bad and that's what we're going to do here."

Hansen then stated that he would not speak about the decision any further.

Whether Beauden Barrett would have made the kick, no one knows but if this was another game there would have undoubtedly been comments from the coaching staff lamenting the decision.

Hansen added: "They used the video and had a pow-wow". "This time they did and had a pow wow". He spoke to his team and one of them said it was accidental.

"All through the game he was pretty receptive at having a look at things which happened and which he might not have caught at first sight". "You're right, there's too many avenues that you can go down; but that's not the ref's fault either, that's the rulebook". That's not the ref's fault, that's the lawbook's fault. People that are running the game need to ask themselves do we need to make it simpler.

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The law book is confusing.

"What we would've liked is play-on and we would've scored under the posts. If the players" team gains and advantage, a scrum is formed with the opposing team throwing in in the ball'.

"He went to play the ball, then took his hands away". So those two laws seem contradictory.

But Lions captain Warburton approached Poite and urged him to reconsider his decision.

"He's been quite smart and astute in being able to talk the referee from a penalty into an accidental offside", said Gatland. They awarded the penalty and it's worth asking the question.

Both teams played to an incredibly high standard and it's hard to think of too many global Test matches in recent times which were so physical, tense, and required an incredible amount of effort from the players. The Scots were angry with that and I remember thinking there's got to be an alternative because it's not a penalty offence in my opinion.

The discussion ended with the French official deciding that Owens was accidentally offside and awarded an attacking scrum to the All Blacks instead.



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