The much-maligned NRL video referees regularly come up with mind-boggling howlers, while rugby union’s TMOs generally manage to stay out of the limelight as far as bad decisions are concerned.
But this was one instance where the 15-a-side video man had an out-and-out shocker.
In a recent NRC match between the Sydney Stars and North Harbour Rays, the on-field official referred a messy ruck on the Rays’ try-line to the third official. The footage clearly shows a North Harbour player placing the ball back on his own line for clearance – but the TMO incredibly sent back confirmation of a Sydney try to the whistle-blower, mistaking the Rays forward for a Stars player.
Relive the first ‘own try’ scored in rugby history: