Tonga frustrated by ’50-50′ calls

Date published: September 19 2015

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Tonga captain Nili Latu was left frustrated by key decisions that went against his side during their shock loss to Georgia.

Latu's side were twice denied tries by the television match official, the first for a forward pass that could have been interpreted as lateral.

While there was frustration at the extensive use of the TMO during Friday's World Cup opener between England and Fiji, the Tonga captain called for the technology to be used as extensively as possible.

"Credit to Georgia for winning the game today. That’s rugby, we can’t look back today and say it was down to 50-50 calls," said Latu.

"The referee has 32 cameras at the venue so I just hope they use them more often. They’re there for a reason, but full credit to Georgia for the win today.

""I believe they could refer to them more often. They’re there, and I think we could challenge in some areas. I don’t think we’re losing anything by doing that, and we saw that last night in the first game (England v Fiji). I don’t see anything wrong in looking at forward passes and rucks and stuff. That’s the way I see it."

Focusing on what went wrong for his side, Latu highlighted the way his side were second best in the set-piece.

“I think Georgia ground away well in the scrum, and disrupted us in the lineouts as well. The one thing we wanted to bring to the game was our set pieces. We wanted to control situations in the game and it wasn’t good enough and Georgia kept putting pressure on us in our scrums and lineouts, so that’s something we’ll have to look at.”

Next up for Tonga is a a meeting with Namibia in ten days time.

“It’s always hard to come off a defeat. We just made everything harder for ourselves, but we have three games left and everything’s possible. We need to regroup, and we’re looking forward to it.”

 

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