Pierre Spies : Lions used the wrong ball for try

Bulls captain Pierre Spies has accused the Lions of using the wrong ball to score the try that won the match for the Lions.

The Bulls looked to have won the match with a penalty kick by Jacques-Louis Potgieter in the 79th minute as after the kick the Pretoria side were leading by three points.

However the Lions quickly restarted play and caught the Bulls napping which allowed them to take a quick tap and Armand van der Merwe went over to score.

The Lions won the match 22-18 and ended a four match winning streak for the Bulls.

Bulls captain Spies says that the Lions used the wrong ball to take the restart so the try should not have been allowed.

World Rugby rules state that players must use the same ball to restart a match as the one that was used for the previous penalty kick or conversion unless the referee deems it as defective.

“I don’t want to make any excuses. We should have secured possession at the last restart, but the Lions used another ball which may have caused us to lose concentration,” Spies told Netwerk24.

“I didn’t have time to ask the referee (Jaco van Heerden) about it.”

Even though the loss stung the Bulls Spies praised the Lions for not giving up and has called on his own team mates to maintain their focus for the full 80 minutes.

“Despite a few decisions going against us in the last few minutes, the Lions deserve praise. ”

“They made sure they used the chance afforded to them. We played well enough to win this game.”

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