Scotland fell agonisingly short of a dramatic upset win, when they were pinged by Craig Joubert for an offside in the dying minutes of their quarter final against Australia.
The decision has sparked outrage among Scotland and the home nations, as it provided Bernard Foley with the match winning penalty.
A World Rugby selection panel headed by the Scottish John Jefferey have reviewed the call and subsequently World Rugby made a statement yesterday admitting Joubert’s error.
Any claims of bias will be later reviewed by a World Rugby panel headed by an Australian…
Because World Rugby are fair like that.
Another World Rugby panel, this time headed by Fumiaki Tualagi, a Samoan official who grew up in Japan, has since made a statement:
“Joubert’s decision has been a blessing from the rugby Gods, as only a week earlier Japan were denied their first ever quarter final qualification. This outcome was the result of the Scots scoring a match winning try from their own knock on against Samoa.”
“At the time we didn’t push for a review of the decision but World Rugby have now set a new precedence. So we thought… Why the hell not?”
“Upon review, it is clear that Greig Laidlaw’s decisive match winning try should not have been awarded. If the TMO had been used, it would have been disallowed, as it was blatantly clear that Laidlaw had knocked the ball on.”
These events have raised two large questions…
1- When will World Rugby make the other statements about the dozens of other errors in this World Cup?
2- After all the abuse directed at Joubert, who would ever want to be a referee?
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Stay classy World Rugby.