Reds captain James Horwill says that his team were “robbed by a stupid refereeing decision” in their first ever Super Rugby loss to the Melbourne Rebels.
Rebels fullback Jason Woodward kicked a late penalty to edge his team into a three point lead at 27-30 after it had looked like the match was headed for a draw.
Both teams scored three tries each in the match and at half time the scores were level at 17-all.
The Rebels led for much of the match and the Reds were forced to play catch up rugby for most of the time.
Two minutes from full time with the scores level at 27 points each referee Steve Walsh asked the TMO Steve Leszczynski to review an incident of foul play.
After watching several replays Reds replacement Ed O’Donoghue was judged to have made contact with Rebels captain Scott Higginbotham.
O’Donoghue was shown a Red card and the Rebels were awarded a penalty which Woodward kicked to put the Rebels in front.
Speaking after the match Horwill blamed the Reds sixth consecutive loss on Walsh and Leszczynski’s penalty ruling
“The performance was gutsy,” said Horwill of the Reds performance.
“We did some good things, did some bad things.”
“In the end we were, once again, robbed by a stupid refereeing decision.”