Was it a try? The controversial call that decided All Blacks win

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Newstalk ZB, NZ Herald,
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Audio,
Publish Date
Sunday, 11 November 2018, 1:08p.m.
The English squad were left dejected by the referee's decision. (Photo / Getty)
The English squad were left dejected by the referee's decision. (Photo / Getty)

LISTEN TO TONY JOHNSON TALK WITH MARTIN DEVLIN ABOVE

Did Courtney Lawes come from an offside position to charge down TJ Perenara's kick?

That was the big question to come out of the All Blacks 16-15 win over England at Twickenham on Sunday morning.

After the All Blacks began poorly but steadily improved and got the upper hand, the test effectively came down to a decision by referee Jerome Garces to review what appeared to be a try by England flanker Sam Underhill.

The crucial intervention (before Garces' own) came from England's replacement loose forward Lawes, who charged down an attempted clearance by All Blacks halfback Perenara in the 75th minute. The ball ended up in Underhill's hands, and the 22-year-old did brilliantly to beat Beauden Barrett to the line.

Had the try been awarded, England would surely have hung on for a famous victory. It would have been only their eighth against the All Blacks.

 

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