English media rage against offside call that rubbed out likely match-winning try

Stephen Jones has led the English media in their outrage over the disallowed try scored by Sam Underhill in the dying minutes of the All Blacks’ 16-15 win.

England thought it secured a rare victory over the world champions when Sam Underhill scored five minutes from fulltime, but the TMO ruled that Courtney Lawes was offside when charged down TJ Perenara to launch the move.

Writing in the Times, Jones said England had a deserved victory snatched away from them by the call and that replays showed Lawes was clearly onside.

"England had the victory they deserved snatched away from them in the dying moments when Marius Jonker, the television match official, ruled out what would have been a sensational winning try by Sam Underhill,” he wrote.

"Courtney Lawes had charged down a kick by TJ Perenara and completely bamboozled Beauden Barrett to score.”

Quilter International Series, Twickenham, London 10/11/2018
England vs New Zealand All Blacks
New Zealand's Ryan Crotty celebrates at the final whistle
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Ryan Crotty celebrates at the fulltime whistle. Source: Photosport

"The referee awarded the try which means that any decision by the television match official must prove a clear and obvious infringement. The replay clearly showed Lawes onside, with Perenara taking an age with his clearing kick. There was nothing clear and obvious whatsoever and the referee really should have taken charge.”

Jones added that the one-point defeat “ended any aura of infallibility concerning New Zealand in the heads of Dylan Hartley and his team."

Mick Cleary from the Daily Telegraph agreed with Jones, saying England had every right to feel aggrieved.

"The call went against Courtney Lawes for offside as he blocked a kick by TJ Perenara on the 10 metre line. It looked a tight decision, too tight for the circumstances and England had every right to feel aggrieved."

Cleary said England coach Eddie Jones would have been pleased with the performance.

"The England head coach got what he wanted. It was the movie that Twickenham wanted, too, a thriller that could have been scripted by Alfred Hitchcock and even if it left them bereft when a hair-line call by TMO Marius Jonker denied them what looked to be a legitimate, match-winning score from Sam Underhill, they had great value for money.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10:  Courtney Lawes of England charges the ball down from TJ Perenara of New Zealand All Blacks during the Quilter International match between England and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on November 10, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
A contentious offside ruling took a late try away from England. Source: Getty


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