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World Rugby say official made wrong call at Australia-Scotland climax

A statement from the organisation released this evening confirmed the mistake.

Craig Joubert is under fire following a controversial decision in yesterday's quarter-final.
Craig Joubert is under fire following a controversial decision in yesterday's quarter-final.
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WORLD RUGBY SAY that referee Craig Joubert made the wrong call late on in the weekend’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final between Australia and Scotland at Twickenham.

Joubert’s crucial decision changed the course of the game and conceivably cost Scotland a place in the semi-finals of the competition.

A statement from the organisation released this evening reads as follows:

“The selection committee confirms that Joubert applied World Rugby Law 11.7 penalising Scotland’s Jon Welsh, who had played the ball following a knock-on by a team-mate, resulting in an offside.

“On review of all available angles, it is clear that after the knock-on, the ball was touched by Australia’s Nick Phipps and Law 11.3(c) states that a player can be put on-side by an opponent who intentionally plays the ball.

“It is important to clarify that, under the protocols, the referee could not refer to the television match official in this case and therefore had to rely on what he saw in real time. In this case, Law 11.3(c) should have been applied, putting Welsh onside. The appropriate decision, therefore, should have been a scrum to Australia for the original knock-on.

“Overall, it is widely recognised that the standard of officiating at Rugby World Cup 2015 has been very high across 44 compelling and competitive matches to date.

“World Rugby High Performance Match Official Manager Joël Jutge said: “Despite this experience, Craig has been and remains a world-class referee and an important member of our team.”

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