TMO was spot on

The controversial TMO try by Western Province’s Joe Pietersen was definitely legal, more replays have revealed.

After Television Match Official Jaco Peypers confirmed the score after what looked like dubious evidence during the match, further inspection has revealed he got the decision spot on.

The try came at a critical juncture in the match with Province 10-3 up and half-time looming. The try was not converted and ultimately proved to be the difference as the visitors ran out 15-10 victors.

To be honest though WP should have had the win sewn up long before the final hooter as they dominated most facets of play.

At the decision was not greeted well by the Loftus faithful, but on closer inspection after the match, it was shown that Peypers had made a correct decision.

The Bulls management, without the luxury of the close-ups, however felt they may have been hard done by, but hooker Gary Botha remained pragmatic.

“At the end of the day it is the TMO’s call. We need to accept that we should never have allowed ourselves to get into that position,” said Botha.

New coach Pote Human said he would view video evidence first, but “when I saw it quickly at first I felt it wasn’t a try.”

Now the evidence is irrefutable and witnessed the replay that confirmed the original decision as 100% correct.

By Andrew Hollely, at Loftus Versfeld