Phil Clarke points out video referee flaw

We saw a masterclass from Jordan Abdull last night as his kicking game tormented Leeds Rhinos from start to finish.

His boot of course led to the first try of the game from Louis Senior down the right after Derrell Olpherts was unable to deal with a huge bomb.

The try was refereed to the video referee and then awarded.

However, as the video referee looked at the try, Sky Sports commentator Phil Clarke pointed out a flaw in the process.

As the video referee checked that Senior and others were onside, the likes of Senior and his centre Sam Wood were out of frame.

This happened again later in the game.

Clarke pointed it out saying:

“We can’t see whether or not the winger is on side with that camera angle but either way the chase from Hull KR is better than the Leeds players.”

That said he put the focus more on Abdull’s kicking game:

“Jordan Abdull maturing as a play maker and he just causes havoc with the kicking boot.

“I felt for some years that Jordan Abdull has the potential to win the Man of Steel award and at 27 he is maturing as a player.

“You have to be involved in the key moments and he certainly is.”

Nonetheless these camera angles are something to consider especially for Jesse Sue’s try where no camera angle was truly useful in telling Ben Thaler whether the ball had been grounded.

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