All Blacks v England: Eddie Jones bites his tongue on controversial call at

SKY SPORTA crucial TMO decision falls in New Zealand’s favour as the All Blacks hold off England for a 16-15 win.

Jones refused to criticise the referees from denying his team a famous victory in London as flanker Sam Underhill crossed in the 76th minute after Courtney Lawes charged down All Blacks halfback TJ Perenara, but referee Jerome Garces called for a replay and the try was chalked off.

Marius Jonker, the Television Match Official (TMO), ruled the English reserve was offside and the decision was roundly booed by a crowd of more than 82,000 at Twickenham as the All Blacks got the off the hook for a 16-15 win.

Courtney Lawes charging down TJ Perenara at Twickenham.
GETTY IMAGESCourtney Lawes charging down TJ Perenara at Twickenham.

The previous weekend England got a lucky break when Owen Farrell wasn’t penalised for what many thought was a no-arms tackle in the final moments of their win over the Springboks.

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Their fortune ran out when Jonker said Lawes was offside but many England fans filing out of the massive stadium afterwards felt their team had been ripped off.

“I think I have said it a number of times, I don’t comment on those decisions,” Jones said. “I leave it up to that guy [the referee]. If he can’t make the right decision with 10 replays, then who can?”

“Sometimes the game loves you and some times it doesn’t love you. You have got to accept that if you stay in the fight long enough, the game will love you.

“We are prepared to stay in the fight, so will get some love from the game further down the track don’t worry.”

Eddie Jones refused to blame the officials after his side's controversial defeat.
GETTY IMAGESEddie Jones refused to blame the officials after his side’s controversial defeat.

The decision has divided opinion and All Blacks great Christian Cullen, speaking on a Sky Sport studio panel, called it “borderline” .

The former fullback said match officials could stop “every motion” and probably find an offside.

He said Perenara had his hands on the ball, and while the English player “technically may have been offside”, it was a big call in the context of the game.

Sam Underhill crosses the All Blacks' line before being denied a try after match officials ruled he was offside.
ALASTAIR GRANT/ APSam Underhill crosses the All Blacks’ line before being denied a try after match officials ruled he was offside.

Former All Blacks fullback Mils Muliana felt the offside call was correct, but said there were “probably 20 or 30” occasions like that in a game.

He said he had “never seen that before” where a referee ordered a replay in that manner.

Ex-Lions and England winger Ugo Monye believes the correction decision was made and former England first-five Andy Goode agreed.

“Hell of [a] test match at Twickenham between England and the All Blacks,” Goode tweeted. 

“Small margins decide matches, was Lawes offside? Probably but what an effort from all the squad! Sam Underhill and Mark Wilson were unbelievable!”

Former England and Lions halfback Matt Dawson said on commentary for the BBC that Lawes was “in front of the backfoot”, so therefore offside.

“He’s front of the whole England back line, which makes it look even worse.”

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