RE: Nigel Owens was a disaster....most biased blowing since Bryce Lawrence
November 25, 2012, 12:16:52
Sasuke, I do not blame a ref for a loss, or a near loss for that matter. In fact, I have been accused of covering for Bryce Lawrence when I said that he had a poor game in the RWC. I said that he had a bad day at the office,at the time. Now as for this test in particular, Owens had a crap game, and his AR's were not much better either. Glen Jackson has come in leaps and bounds but even he did seem to be off the boil as well. There were crappy decissions both ways. Owens did get the scrums wrong. I do not normally listen to the opinions by commentators, but in this case, they actually provided the visuals and footage to explain where he went wrong.
He also, at one stage, penalised Jannie Du Plessis for having his hand on the deck, while it was clear for the whole world to see that it was actually Corbesiero's hand that was on the deck. He once penalised Du Plessis for loosing his bind and the reply clearly showed that he held his bind even after the scrum has gione down and Corbesiero was already lying almost flat on his stomach with his forarm under his body.
Having said that, SA also got away with some dodgy decissions in their favour. They were off-side at the rucks, and not behind the last line of feet (Vermeulen being the main culprit a number of times, and were not penalised.
All in all a poor showing by the match officials.