Fast twitch wrote: Can't have much sympathy with any winger who reaches out to the touch line with one hand (having switched the ball out of that hand) before (or simultaneously if people prefer) grounding the ball. All the coaching would emphasise ensuring the ball is grounded before any other part of your body hits the touch line. Stupid mistake from the winger is being excused by fussing over multiple replays of the footage. Not like they missed a Champions Cup Semi as a result of a mistake in the act of scoring. Take the Learnings.
It wasn't so much a stupid mistake as an absolute try saver from Marmion who smashed him to put him off balance and on the way to touch, unfortunately KOd himself in the process.
I'll be honest and admit I'd probably be annoyed if it happened to us, but to say it was the difference in the game is a huge stretch. Thought Connacht were the better team throughout, the fact we were never behind is a testament to that. There were refereeing decisions we probably would have been moaning about if we'd lost, and it's impossible to know exactly how the game would have played out if they'd scored anyway. They could have missed the conversion, or maybe the defence galvanise and they never score at 78-79' with the team taking the foot off a bit the closer the clock gets to 80 with 2 scores in it.