Stormers got LUCKY as SA TMOs back in the spotlight

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Another weekend, another controversial referee and TMO debacle that left, in this case, Stormers fans thrilled and Ulster supporters fuming.

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In Saturday’s United Rugby Championship (URC) clash between the two sides at the Cape Town Stadium, with mere seconds on the clock, Ulster thought they’d scored a match-winning try.

Italian referee Gianluca Gnecchi immediately awarded the try to the Irish side, but as the conversion was about to be taken, South African TMO Quentin Immelman got in the ear of Gnecchi, offering additional footage to be viewed.

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Several minutes ensured as the two officials engaged in back-and-forth conversation which made little to no sense and appeared to contradict what was previously said as time passed.

Stormers fans were left thrilled

Eventually, to the relief of the home side’s supporters, a scrum was awarded to the Stormers who won an ensuing penalty and successfully ran down the clock to emerge 23-20 winners.

Predictably, Ulster coach Dan McFarland was furious – and rightly so.

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URC head of match officials Tappe Henning has weighed into the discussion – and confirmed the Ulster were indeed robbed of a legitimate try which in all likelihood would’ve seen them bank four log points and not just one for losing by seven or fewer points.

WATCH below as Henning breaks down the controversial disallowed try and the repercussions for match officials who are not up to standard.

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