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Ulster coach Dan McFarland vindicated in TMO row as referees chief has his say on Callum Reid try storm


Dan McFarland said Saturday did not feel like a loss

Dan McFarland said Saturday did not feel like a loss

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Dan McFarland said Saturday did not feel like a loss

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland was not surprised to hear United Rugby Championship head of officials Tappe Henning confirm that Callum Reid’s late try against the Stormers on Saturday should have stood.

The 77th minute decision, which saw what would have been a match-winning score chalked off by the TMO, brought the northern province’s seven-game winning streak to a sudden halt.

Henne confirmed that, given the try was awarded on the field, proper procedure was not followed as conclusive evidence was needed to change the call.

Immediately after the game, McFarland was so adamant that the try was legitimate that he said the 23-20 reverse remained a victory in his head and was similarly sure having had time to reflect and review the incident.

“It wasn’t news to me,” he said of Henning’s appearance on South African television. “It is what it is, just fact. It’s a try, very simply.

“The ball is dislodged out of Callum’s hands, it goes backwards, he lands on it and scores a try. It’s not complicated in any shape or form.

“I put in my report to Tappe yesterday and there were a number of instances in the game that were of high import. I await his reply.

“But I was lucky enough to see the Super Sport interview so I know on the big issue what his reply is going to be.”

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