‘Ikale Tahi captain Nili Latu suggested that he was surprised with the referee’s use of the television match official during his side’s defeat to Georgia on Saturday (19th September) afternoon, according to Sportsmole.
‘Ikale Tahi went down 17-10 in their Rugby World Cup opener at Kingsholm, but they were denied a try on the stroke of half time with the score 10-3 to Georgia when Nigel Owens ruled that there had been a forward pass in the build-up to Viliami Ma’afu’s score.
Owens opted not to check with the TMO before calling play back, and Latu believes that the Welsh official did not make best use of the tools at his disposal.
“Credit to Georgia for winning the game today. That’s rugby. We can’t look back and say it was a 50-50 call,” he told reporters.
“The referee has got 32 cameras at the venue, so I just hope they use them more often. It’s there for a reason. Full credit to Georgia for the win today.”
When pushed on whether he felt the TMO should have been called upon more often, Latu added: “I believe so. It’s there. I believe that we could maybe challenge it a bit more – I don’t think we’re losing anything.
“We showed last night in the first game. Everything was pulled up and shown. I think you could look at forward passes and rucks. That’s the way I see it.”