Young calls for consistency over television officials despite benefiting from doubt over Varndell try
Exeter Chiefs coach Rob Baxter's opposite number at Wasps, Dai Young, feels either all or no Premiership matches should have a TMO – otherwise it is not a level playing field for the clubs.
The referee and his assistants were then caught napping as Christian Wade put Tom Varndell clear with a clear forward pass but with no TMO the try was awarded, to the disgust of the Sandy Park crowd.
Despite the potentially crucial implications for the result, Baxter did not blame the match officials for allowing it to stand, accepting that some games do not benefit from a TMO.
Young, however, feels the situation needs clearing up, and would favour a Premiership in which all games have additional assistance for the referee.
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He said: “It makes sense to me [for all games to have a TMO] because there are such fine margins. If you look at the table, there are more tight games in the Premiership than in any other league. One score is the difference between winning or losing so if you are going to have it [TMO] then you have to have it in every game. I think it is a good thing though I’m not a fan of taking it back three or four plays.”
Young added: “I thought we were lucky to come away with a losing bonus point. Certainly in the first half we were in the game but in the second half we never had any control, never had any ball, which didn’t allow us to put any pressure on.
“For most of the second half we were scrambling and defending our line. Obviously the big decisive factor was our two yellow cards, no complaints from me they were yellow cards, but we had 17 points scored when we were down to 14 men.
“I don’t think that we play outstanding well at home and then really poor away. We are still nowhere near playing as well as we can.
“We show real patches, we did last week against Leicester, but I still felt we had to play better to come here and win.”