Scotland fans have been left with a bitter taste after giving up a 23-14 point lead to fall to the All Blacks at Murrayfield.
The Scots had expected a historic win after the team rallied from a 14-0 deficit to score 23 unanswered points, but it left plenty of chances as numerous turnovers occurred attacking the All Blacks’ line. .
Scotland had multiple chances to score tries that went missing as the loose All Blacks forwards ensured they held off penalties at crucial moments.
Many Scottish fans felt the turning point was a yellow card for a ‘deliberate’ knockout when Australian Jack Dempsey stuck out an arm to attempt an interception.
Reduced to 14 men, the All Blacks scored two tries while Dempsey was out of the park, including Mark Telea’s second try, which many felt warranted a second look from the TMO with unanswered questions about the defeat.
Savea’s run makes Scotland bite, Ioane somehow gets her hands free and offloads Telea for her second try of the game.
— EK Rugby Analysis (@ek_rugby) November 13, 2022
The try was awarded on the pitch without a second glance at Telea’s positioning, who saw the ball bounce off her chest area as she dived.
Scotland fans felt a second look was necessary, writing that the humiliation was “never in control” and “suspicious of punishing”.
After watching a replay of the attempt on the big screen as Jordie Barrett lined up his kick, fans on the ground “screamed murder blue,” according to another fan.
Telea never has control of the ball 😂 wow #SCOvNZL
—Lukhanyo Am Stan’s account (@GoTeamGoSports1) November 13, 2022
It was not a deliberate touch, NZ tried one last time to ground the suspect, Graham stumbled in the last few minutes, Scotland persistently penalized on the line, NZ not in similar circumstances. Farce. There’s a new Joubert in town. #SCOvNZL #The Rugby
—Steven Burns (@stevenroyburns) November 13, 2022
The fun moment yesterday was when the crowd, normally silent in this part of the world during a kick, watched the replay of AB’s last try and thought Telea bunted and proceeded to yell blue murder as Jordie nailed the sideline sealing the play. conversion #SCOvNZL
— Max Power 🇺🇦 (@jrodbourn) November 14, 2022
#SCOvNZL I was delighted to see Scotland come from behind after the first 10 minutes, and they played much better than in previous games. However, Mark Telea’s last attempt did not have the ball under control. Why didn’t the referee check? I only ask to learn. Can’t question after granting?
—Sue (@kizzy1lucy) November 13, 2022
#SCOvNZL Once again, Scotland got rid of bad refereeing decisions. He never deliberately hit and dropped the ball for the last down. Big teams always have to win huh…
—Elmer (@ElmerFudd1978) November 13, 2022
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