ANALYSIS: Officials of the match were entitled to exclude England's win against All Blacks, even if the process that took them there was wrong.
Under the first weekend of the new Rugby International TV Championships, there have been clear teething problems, with referee Jerome Garces throwing the ball at Twickenham and allowing TMO Marius Jonker to take on the monumental moment of the game.
Fortunately for all concerned – so close to a call as for broken English – the right decision went into washing.
The controversial game came with five minutes left, as Courtney Lawes' victory replaced a trivial paddle by TJ Perenara, who then hit and thrilled the possession of the open parachute Sam Underhill to escape for what looked like the broken clinker .
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Garces initially tried the test, but soon he decided to check the legality of the downward charge, whether Lawes was on his side. Fair enough, he asked for help from Johnker.
Many repetitions followed and while it was a close thing, clearly, under the laws (justifying the word), Lawes was away from home (it was not a ruck like no English player was at their feet challenging).
The World Rugby Law says:
Law 14 – Tackle
10) Offside lines are created in a deal when at least one player is at his feet and above the ball, which is on the ground. The offside line of each team fits in parallel with the goal line through the last point of each player in the game or on his feet over the ball.
When it slows down, you can see that Lawes is just a little ahead of this signal – which is the shoulders of George Ford's teammate.
But while the decision may have been the right one, it might have been that Jonker probably saved the person for Garces, who seemed to forget he was in fact the one who had to make the decision.
After a complete review of the TMO system, World Rugby chose the November November International Champion to be held in an adopted format – the same way used in the Super Rugby.
One of the six principles agreed was:
– Try to score should be a decision on the spot with the referee, but the group of four can all contribute.
Johnker tells Garry: "We put it on screen now for you, Jerome."
This should have left the French with the duty to make the big call, but instead, trying to cope with the thunderous noise Swing Low, sweet chariot which comes from the crowd of 82,000, fell off.
"He is indoors or away," he asks Jonker, who obviously feels obliged to give his opinion.
"Jerome, from the pictures I have, as the black half takes the ball, the number 20 white is in an offside position," says South Africa.
Even that was not enough for Gars.
"So it's a test, or it's offside," he wonders.
"It's offside, so you have to change your decision on the penalty shoot-out," Jonker says blatantly.
Before this test, Garces would not have been thrilled by the All Blacks fans – because of Sonny Bill Williams's mission (although right) in his second attempt last year against the British and Irish lions in Wellington, then the role as an assistant referee overturning Romain Poite's offside call to death on the third test at Eden Park.
Here, he ought not to be the villain, only after the posting of responsibility.
Whether the World Rugby sees it as an excruciating little or forgotten moment, or it comes with it more, we may not know it.
Irrespective of that, Garces is off the next weekend anyway, before returning next week to check Japan against Russia.