Larkham wants TMO loophole scrutinised

Date published: May 13 2016

Brumbies boss Stephen Larkham wants a glaring loophole in the Television Match Official protocols to be fixed after their win over the Rebels was marred by controversy.

This after both sides benefited from two separate incidents in which the Brumbies crossed the whitewash during their 30-22 victory in Melbourne on Friday.

First, James Dargaville looked to have thrown a forward pass in the build-up to a Christian Lealiifano try, during the first-half, but Lealiifano's quick thinking saw knocing over a drop goal for the conversion which meant the TMO was no longer allowed to review the try.

And in the second half, referee Rohan Hoffmann awarded a try to Allan Alaalatoa and ruled that their was no knock-on in the build-up to the score.

But Lealiifano took too long with his conversion attempt and television replays showed that there was in fact a handling error which allowed Hoffman to reverse his decision.

Larkham admitted that his team got lucky with the Lealiifano incident and urged that the issue needs to be rectified as soon as possible.

"They've got to change it somehow," he said after the match.

"Christian recognised that one in the first half … it was dubious as to whether it was a forward pass or not. And the one that Allan scored, they said it was fine. We know what it is."