TMO absence riles Dragons boss

Date published: September 8 2014

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Newport Gwent Dragons director of rugby Lyn Jones was left fuming after his side were disallowed a try due to a lack of TMO.

Newport Gwent Dragons director of rugby Lyn Jones was left fuming after his side were disallowed a try due to a lack of TMO.

The Welsh region lost 16-11 to Connacht over in Ireland, with Italian referee Marius Mitrea relying on their advice of his Irish assistant referee to determine whether Andrew Coombs had scored or knocked on.

With no TMO on hand to advise Mitrea as the match wasn't televised, Jones and his coaching staff were left spitting.

Comparing the situation to the Premiership, where TMOs are involved at every match, Jones stated that the lack of technology damaged the league's credibility – along with a need for neutral assistant referees.

“I think it's important for the credibility of the league that the TMOs (television match official) are constant in matches,” Jones told the South Wales Argus.

“We scored a perfectly good try which was disallowed and that was the difference in the game, while several decisions were coming in from one touch judge throughout.

“There's no TMO, there are no neutral touch judges and it just makes for a lottery. Until we can get that the Pro12 will continue to play second fiddle to the Aviva Premiership”

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