World Rugby has reportedly conceded that Aaron Smith’s disallowed try in the world cup final between New Zealand and eventual champs, the Springboks, should have stood.
The All Blacks’ scrum-half’s score in a 12-11 defeat to the Boks in France was ruled out. The disallowed try, resulting from a knock-on at a lineout, occurred in the 54th minute after a break by Richie Mo’unga.
According to New Zealand’s Stuff, the controversial ruling has been acknowledged privately by World Rugby as a breach of the rules, yet remains unacknowledged publicly.
Television match official (TMO) Tom Foley identified the knock-on four phases before Smith’s attempt, which is understood to have exceeded the two-phase limit for TMO reviews per World Rugby’s mid-2022 protocol update.
The final, marked by flashpoint moments including a red card for All Blacks skipper Sam Cane and a yellow card for Bok captain Siya Kolisi, also featured Faf de Klerk’s unpenalised refusal to put the ball into a scrum with South Africa under pressure in the second half.
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