TMO howler helps Lions defeat Mako for first time in 12 years
As Tasman and Wellington played a thrilling contest to the death that boasted a number of outstanding tries, it was a roar from TV match official Corey Eggers that had everyone talking after the Wednesday night’s NPC showdown in Nelson.
Ruben Love was at his dangerous best in the Lions fullback while Alex Nankivell and new Crusaders Macca Springer once again proved key figures for the Mako, but it was TMO Eggers who perhaps being done the most memorable act of the evening.
Tasman – who came into the game with a somewhat disappointing 2-4 record after back-to-back Grand Finals – initially appeared to have opened the scoring with a well-worked try down the right flank, but the final pass was headed forward by Eggers. Wellington hit back 13 minutes later with a well-worked score at left winger Connor Garden-Bahop – but when the try was referred to Eggers it looked like there was a clear hand in contact from Garden-Bachop.
After three looks, however, Eggers judged there was nothing wrong with the try, and Wellington quickly secured all five points.
The sky sports The commentary team were puzzled by the call, but former All Black Kane Hames was able to provide some insight.
“The TMO is sitting right next to me and I had a chat with him,” Hames said. “He didn’t really look at the left hand, he missed it. He just watched the replay and he’s disgusted. So that’s the explanation.
— Tom Vinicombe (@TomVinicombe) September 7, 2022
Mako and the Lions traded blows throughout the game with Love setting up a fine try for the visiting side with his quick step, while a brilliant offload from Fijian striker Drua Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta saw Noah Hotham from Tasman land for the final score of the game.
While the Makos had a chance to win it on the death penalty, it forced them out of the 22nd and Wellington was eventually awarded a penalty to secure the result, 25-19.
Although the NPC have taken a bit of a step back in recent weeks thanks to the ongoing Rugby Championship, fan interest has been ignited by the game and they have taken to social media to express their disbelief at the try. of Garden Bachop.
—Marc Stafford (@stafnz) September 7, 2022
It has come to my attention that Wellington beat Tasman thanks in part to that fucking TMO howler ha ha: pic.twitter.com/7bolN13eEj
—Jamie Wall (@JamieWall2) September 7, 2022
Hahaha NPC refereeing is completely amateurish. TMO misses a free hand in touch and “sees” it 20 seconds after the attribution of the test. @BunningsNPC #BunningsNPC#TASvWEL pic.twitter.com/MsFVWCmD7G
— The Conductor (@BrendonWessels) September 7, 2022
The clear hand in contact which the TMO “forgot to look at” and then the forward pass which was dropped even though it was very similar to the try disallowed earlier by Tasmans. Tasman gets hurt tonight #BunningsNPC
—Ryan Gillatt (@Gillattsix) September 7, 2022
Both teams will return to the field this Sunday, with Tasman hosting Taranaki and Wellington hosting Otago.
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