Dick Muir is fuming over the disallowed “try” of Warren Britz that could cost the Sharks a place in the Vodacom Super 14 semi-finals.
Britz was driven over the Stormers tryline early on in the match, prompting referee Willie Roos to call on the TV referee Eugene Daniels.
However, instead of asking if there was any reason why the try should not be awarded, as is usually the case in these situations, Roos asked Daniels if the ball had been grounded over the tryline. Replays were inconclusive and Daniels admitted he could not see the ball at all. Roos then awarded the Sharks a 5m scrum, from which possession was turned over.
The Sharks went on to score three tries but missed out on the bonus point for scoring four tries that would have greatly increased their chances of overtaking the Brumbies on the log.
“I don’t know what to say,” said a frustrated Muir at the post-match press conference. “I want to cry. Referees and officials are ruining the game. I’m going to get into trouble for speaking out but we can’t carry on like this. It’s frustrating to have good matches influenced by poor decisions made by people who don’t know what they are doing.”
The Sharks now need a minor miracle in order to sneak into the semis. If the Brumbies lose by eight points to the Crusaders on Friday and don’t get a bonus point, Muir’s side will have to beat the Force by 40 points. However, the Crusaders could do the Sharks a big favour by thrashing the Brumbies and reducing the Australians’ points difference (currently +87, compared to the +48 of the Sharks).