‘Lions should’ve had penalty try’

Jonathan Kaplan says the Golden Lions weren't rewarded properly for their scrum dominance in the first semi-final at Ellis Park.

Writing on ratetheref.co.za, Kaplan said that perhaps inexperience played a role in the decision, before going on to criticise Pro Legoete for his performance at Newlands.

Legoete came under criticism from Nick Mallett following the match, for what he deemed a 'ridiculous call' after awarding Western Province a penalty for a mid-air collision between Grant Hattingh and Nic Groom, among other instances of poor officiating.

'If I have a criticism, it was the non-awarding of what looked like a clear penalty try for Lions dominance at a sequence of scrums midway through the first half of the fixture,' said Kaplan. 'Perhaps inexperience, or perhaps just a poor read on the play, it should not detract from a very good game in his first semi-final from this highly thought of match official.'

'Pro Legoete was the referee in his first semi-final. He deserves credit for his appointment and although he too interspersed some iffy calls with lack of confidence and poor reads, he will be able to look back on a season where he could not have dreamt of the reward he received.'

Kaplan's full column

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