FORMER referee Jonathan Kaplan believes Richie McCaw shouldn't have been penalised in the closing stages of the Super Rugby final as doubts continue to grow about the All Blacks skipper's long-term fitness.
South African whistle-blower Craig Joubert ruled McCaw entered a ruck from the side in the 79th minute in last weekend's decider, handing Bernard Foley and the Waratahs a chance to snatch victory. Foley stepped up and slotted the penalty from 45 metres by the barest of margins, securing the Waratahs a maiden Super Rugby title after 19 years of trying. But Kaplan believes the Crusaders have cause to feel a little aggrieved, saying Joubert's decision against McCaw was "incorrect".
"The final penalty against the Crusaders was also incorrect as there was no tackle!" he wrote for ratetheref.co.za
"This was indeed a very disappointing end to a very well refereed match, and the Crusaders would have reason to feel a little hard done by..."