Wales left it late to stage a stunning comeback and beat France in their World Cup quarter-final on Sunday, but the circumstances surrounding the match-winning try sparked some heated debate on social media.
Yet many viewers felt that the TMO had gotten the decision wrong, with Tomos Williams ripping the ball loose, Justin Tipuric gathering and Moriarty managing to power over the line.
This was how fans on Twitter reacted to another hugely controversial decision at the World Cup:
Still can’t believe the ref gave Wales the try without having a proper look at TMO… ball went forward for me #RWC2019
— Johan (@MafuzzyStyle) October 20, 2019
Right im seeing loads of debate on wales try forward pass?
My understanding was a rip is not a pass, if it comes off the french guy doesn’t matter if it does go forward anyway?
Which again is debatable as it looks like it spins backwards? Both refs and TMO were happy#WALvFRA
— Davies – Come on Wales!! ?? (@craigdavies) October 20, 2019
Peyper made a shocking decision that might have won Wales the match. World Rugby giving him all these big matches just makes them look like they've no faith in other refs who are much better. The tmo deserves flak for that too. #WALvFRA
— Thomas Moroney (@tmoroney4697) October 20, 2019
— Andy Willetts (@andywilletts) October 20, 2019
Rugby TMOs are a joke. The TMO began by saying there was a clear forward pass in the rip. Then went silent and just agreed with the ref. Lucky lucky Wales. Hope they get smashed by next match
— Jon Fielding (@jonfielding1987) October 20, 2019
Mike Phillips calls that one of Wales's greatest ever wins. They looked one dimensional, unimaginative and got out of jail due to a French mental implosion and a forward pass the TMO contrived to miss. Springboks and Japan will relish the prospect of a semifinal against Wales.
— Adam Brown (@adam_brown85) October 20, 2019
Lucky lucky Wales very poor call from TMO, blatant that ball went forward #rwc2019 another poor call from officials.
— Ken Daly (@dalyk1970) October 20, 2019
Disgraceful decision. The TMO knew it was forward. Referee ignored him. Wales out of jail. #WALvFRA
— Rob Sutton (@RobSutton22) October 20, 2019
Amazing how many English supporters can say definitely that the stripped ball for Moriarty's try went forward, when the ref, the linesmen, & a TMO with multiple camera angles, couldn't. #WALvFRA #RWC2019
— Simon David Thomas (@Sthom_1968) October 20, 2019
Vahaamahina stupidity, the tightest ? of TMO calls for Moriarty try, a French team seemingly trying everything to hand the match to Wales. A victory for the bloody-minded. Bravo Gatland & co…. it doesn’t matter how!
— Alastair Eykyn (@alastaireykyn) October 20, 2019
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