The TMO Is There - So Use Him

We came away from Saracens last week feeling aggreived.

We played some good stuff, fronted up physically and had led 6-3 going into the interval.

Sarries came back strongly in the second half, as you imagine from a side which won the title last year, and won 18-6.

But the game's key moment left a bitter taste in our mouths.

Brad Barritt was given a 61st-minute try that put Sarries more than a converted try ahead. We didn't think it crossed the line and video evidence later on seemed to back up what we thought.

The TV cameras were at Vicarage Road so there was the option of the 'try' being reviewed by the TMO upstairs to see if the ball had actually crossed the line.

It was an option which the referee chose not to take.

In a game so close, it was a pivotal moment.

If the 'try' had not been awarded, we would have gone home with a losing bonus point which myself an the boys thought we richly deserved.

Who knows what might have happened if Barritt's effort was ruled out? It would have been a good achievement from us to go to the champions' home soil as the newly-promoted side and come away with a point.

Saracens were the better team on the day and we made too many mistakes.

But we deserved a point and that point could be crucial at the end of the season.

It doesn't get any easier for us this weekend as we host the league leaders Harlequins.

And I am glad that my old Brive team mate Shaun Perry got over a knock last weekend to make the starting line-up this week.

With fellow scrum-half Jonny Arr out injured, we might have had to resort to our head coach Richard Hill cleaning his boots and sticking himself on the bench.

Not a pretty sight.

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