England try should have been allowed

England centre Jamie Noon should have been credited with his disallowed try against New Zealand, according to the IRB chief of referees’ Paddy O’Brien.

In the fourth minute Noon scored the try but referee Joel Jutge and video ref Christophe Berdos did not see the ball grounded.

Jutge referred the decision but apparently asked compatriot Berdos whether he could see the ball grounded – which he could not from any of the television angles available.

“I have no doubt the try was legitimate,” said O’Brien. When Joel referred the incident to the television match official the wrong questions were asked.

“Had I been refereeing the game without the option of going ‘upstairs’, my instinct would unquestionably have been to award the score.

“We are not going to hang Joel out to dry because he did actually referee well.

“It’s not a question of giving the attacking side the benefit of the doubt. It’s just a matter of getting these things right.”

“From now on you will hear the referee ask: ‘Is there any reason why I cannot award this try?'” he said.

Noon’s try would have given England a 5-3 lead and afterwards the Newcastle back claimed he was “robbed”.

England have rejected the video referee’s decisions before , most recently against Ireland at Twickenham this year, head coach Andy Robinson fumed when the referee allowed three tries that he said were not tries.

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