It is often argued that football would benefit from having more decisions made by referee with the aid of a video in front of them in order to review decisions. This has proved extremely accurate in cricket, but it appears from the evidence of tonight's Rugby World Cup Final that there is sufficient evidence to question the validity of video refs.
Despite England being second best overall in tonight's rugby, what was clear was that England scored a legitimate try early on in the second half that would have put England in the lead and would have changed the game beyond complexion. However, the video ref, an Australian, saw the same video evidence that we saw on TV, and from every angle it was clear it was a try, and decided that according to him and him only, it was not a try.
The problem is, of course, nothing to do with using video evidence or making informed decisions. It is more to do with biased officials taking out their own personal prejudices against nations. Who ever thought that an Australian would give England a try ? Who ever thought that a referee in the Premier League would have given a penalty against Liverpool in the last minute of the Merseyside Derby earlier today , even when all the video replays showed that Everton deserved a clear penalty ?
Video or not, you can't account for biased cheating officials.
Update : For all those people pointing out that there is NOW a TV angle which shows his foot touched the line, it ought to be made clear, this angle was NOT shown last night, all the angles we were shown were those available to the video referee also. If there was another angle available to see last night, why was it not shown at the time ? If the video ref had this angle, why was it not shown at the time ? Is it a case that evidence since last night has shown him to be right BUT actually the decision was made without having seen this evidence.
I also agree with the comment that made the point the England were given a try in the 6 nations that from every angle was not a try. I make the point again, what is the point of a video ref it this happens ?