Evidence Shows That The Decision To Disallow Willie Le Roux’s Try Was Correct

Jason Hennessy

Jason Hennessy

Jason is the editor here at RugbyLAD and a proud Limerick man.
Jason Hennessy

Marginal.

One of the most controversial decisions to come out of yesterday’s first Test between the British and Irish Lions and the Springboks – was Marius Jonker’s decision to overturn Willie le Roux’s try in the second half.

The South African TMO was under the microscope before the game given his controversial appointment and when referee Nic Berry asked for his advice, he had to be very careful he got it right give the magnitude of the decision and the backlash that could have followed.

A very special British & Irish Lions House of Rugby show – fronted by Sean O'Brien and Alex Goode – is available now and will run for the duration of the tour. Follow and subscribe to it HERE

Jonker was asked to check a number of incidents in the build-up to the disallowed try but most importantly, he had to decide if Le Roux was behind the kicker or not, and footage on the day wasn’t very conclusive.

Despite this, the try wasn’t given and the Lions’ blushes were spared. But for anyone out there who wants some conclusive proof – we’ve got some. Will Greenwood and Nigel Owens took a closer look at the decision after the game and used a previously unseen camera angle that proves the decision was indeed correct.

It’s so marginal but as you can see – Le Roux is just ahead. A game of inches eh?

South African fans will probably still rightly be annoyed because the try was awarded on-field by Berry and there was no ‘conclusive’ evidence based on the angles we saw during the match. But technically it was right.

Swings and roundabouts.