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Confusion as first ever ‘own try’ awarded in rugby
October 17, 2014
Players, spectators and commentators were left baffled as the television match official awarded an apparent ‘own try’ in Thursday’s National Rugby Championship match between Sydney Stars and North Harbour Rays.
The incident occurred during the first half of the National Rugby Championship between the Sydney Stars and the North Harbour Rays at Leichhardt Oval.
The Rays were fiercely defending their tryline from sustained attack when prop Mitch Lewis stole the ball at the breakdown and planted it back for his teammates to secure possession and kick for field position.
Where he placed the ball is where the confusion started. Lewis planted the ball on his side’s own tryline. Referee Ian Smith was unsighted by the incident and called for the help of the television match official.
The call from the TMO was that is was a try with the official seemingly confusing Lewis for a Sydney Stars player.
The correct ruling should have been a five-metre scrum with the halfback feed and loosehead going to the Sydney Stars.
A mitigating factor in the TMO’s bizarre decision is the predominance of yellow in the playing kits with the five of the nine NRC team jerseys coloured in either yellow or orange. The Rays are not one of those teams but do have an all-yellow right sleeve.
The official score shows that Stars hooker James Willian was awarded the controversial try.