A snapshot of Sam Skinner’s late attempt that by no means was means that Scotland ought to have notched a dramatic Six Nations victory over France at Murrayfield on Saturday. Because it occurred, match officers have been unable to ascertain a digicam angle clear sufficient to show that Skinner had grounded the ball, resigning the Scots to a disheartening 20-16 defeat.
A prolonged TMO assessment didn’t yield the outcome Scotland wished, a lot to the bemusement of pundits and followers watching on. The ball initially gave the impression to be held up by a participant’s boot, earlier than the replay was nudged on to indicate that it slid again and seemingly touched the bottom.
F1 legend and proud Scot David Coulthard then posted a picture on social media of a convincing angle to counsel Gregor Townsend’s aspect have been extraordinarily unlucky, captioned: “Any decrease to the bottom and I would want to ask [Australian driver] Mark Webber to return the ball!”
Spectators at Murrayfield cheered on excitedly when replays urged the attempt was about to be given, however the joyful refrain was drowned out by boos when referee Nic Berry and his staff of officers concluded there was not sufficient proof to award it.
“We have been celebrating within the coaches field,” mentioned Scotland boss Townsend. “We may hear the TMO’s dialog with the referee, saying ‘the ball was on foot then the ball was down’ after which he modifies his thoughts and says ‘stick to the on-field choice’.
“I do not know what you may say. From a training perspective, you have to win the sport and never put it within the arms of TMOs and referees and that’s what we’ll work on.
A cagey second interval then noticed France’s Louis Bielle-Biarrey produce the decisive rating. Les Bleus bounced again by the pores and skin of their enamel after dropping at residence to Eire of their Six Nations opener.
Scotland, in the meantime, have gained one and misplaced one, with Saturday’s agony following a decent 27-26 win in Wales final weekend.