It has been a while since the season ended, and too long between blog posts, but it has taken me this long to recover from the heart break of Gloucester. At the start of the season I said that Connacht have surpassed the old head rub and the moral victory, and I still believe that.
But to me, Connacht bet Gloucester, regardless of what the score line said at the end of extra time. The referee’s decisions at the end of the game might described as ‘erroneous’, or less charitably, ‘disgusting’. It is not only the fact that the decisions were wrong – this happens in every game, it can’t be helped – it was the obviousness of the Gloucester infringements and the referee’s closeness to the events that really grated, and his reversal of the same decisions later in the game was the icing on the top. Continue reading