Calls for the referees who missed Joe Moody’s hit to be stood down for the season
David Morrow has called on the referees of the Crusaders v Waratahs match to be stood down for the season.
Referee Ben O’Keeffe, both linesmen, and the television match officer all failed to spot a Joe Moody hit on Kurtley Beale, which led to the Crusaders’ first try.
Moody has since been suspended for two matches.
Morrow told Macquarie Sports Radio Mornings there’s no excuse for the “very cheap shot” having been missed.
“It’s not as if it happened with a cluster of players around it,” Morrow said.
“It’s out in the open.
“And yet, here we have four (referees) and they all missed it?”
Morrow said they should be stood down.
“You don’t deserve to referee for the rest of the season because your standard is not good enough,” he said.
The Crusaders were trailing 29-0 at the time, but recovered to win 31-29.
Morrow said the non-decision probably cost the Waratahs the game.
“It’s been suggested Moody should have got a red card, which would have meant the Crusaders were down to 14,” he said.
“I don’t think they would have had a snowball’s chance in hell of surviving (from there).”
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