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When rugby officials get it wrong

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By James Illingworth

RUGBY-NATIONS/WALES-IRELAND"Unforgivable", "embarrassing" and "indefensible" are just some of the descriptions of Jonathan Kaplan’s decision to allow Mike Phillips’ try for Wales in their Six Nations defeat of Ireland on Saturday.

But while the South African referee bears the brunt of the media glare in the aftermath of the match at the Millennium Stadium, assistant Peter Allan of Scotland must also take some responsibility.

Could the result have been altered if the pair had referred the decision to the Television Match Official as Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll suggested? We will never know.

One thing we can be sure of though is that referees can occasionally mess up those big calls, even with the help of the TMO. Here’s a selection:

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