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'New Joubert in town': Questions over Telea's match-winning try left unanswered

By Sam Smith
(Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Scotland fans have been left with a bitter taste after giving up a 23-14 point lead to fall to the All Blacks at Murrayfield.


A historic victory beckoned for the Scots after the side recovered from a 14-0 deficit to score 23 unanswered points but left a host of opportunities out there as numerous turnovers were had attacking the All Blacks line.

Scotland had multiple try scoring opportunities go begging as the All Blacks loose forwards secured holding on penalties at crucial times.

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Many Scottish fans felt the turning point was a yellow card for a ‘deliberate’ knock-on when Australian-convert Jack Dempsey stuck an arm out for an attempted intercept.

Reduced to 14-men, the All Blacks scored two tries while Dempsey was off the park including Mark Telea’s second try which many felt deserved a second look from the TMO with questions left unanswered over the put down.

The try was awarded on-field without a second look at Telea’s placement, which saw the ball bounce up into his chest area as he dove over.


Scotland fans felt it was necessary to have a second look, writing the put down was ‘never in control’ and a ‘suspect grounding’.

After seeing a replay of the try on the big screen as Jordie Barrett lined up his kick, fans at the ground ‘screamed blue murder’ according to another fan.



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