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Footage Shows Referee Impeding Ulster Before Last Gasp La Rochelle Try

Footage Shows Referee Impeding Ulster Before Last Gasp La Rochelle Try
Colman Stanley
By Colman Stanley
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Ulster added another painful loss to their résumé with a last gasp Champions Cup defeat to La Rochelle on Saturday.

The game had remained scoreless up until a 63rd minute penalty from Nathan Doak, before Argentinian prop Joel Sclavi crashed over at the death.

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland was adamant that his side had not lost the game, but rather that La Rochelle had won it. On top of this, his side may have serious cause to feel aggrieved over the last minute score.

Ex-player and pundit Jim Hamilton shared an angle of the try which shows referee Nika Amashukeli impeding the Ulster defensive line immediately before the Sclavi touches down.

You can also clearly see Ulster's Ben Moxham attempting to push Amashukeli out of the way.

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Dan McFarland spoke after the game, and also felt that his side should have had a penalty try in the first-half.


"The nature of the game led to the kind of attitude that I see week in, week out from the guys. It was really obvious there.

"The bottom line is I was really proud of what they produced. It's heartbreaking, 100 percent. We've lost a game right at the end but the bottom line is they're European champions for a reason. They won that game, I don't think we lost that game.

"They won because when they needed to, they produced the goods. I was 100 percent proud of the effort the guys they put in. That was tough going and I thought they were excellent.


"When I look back on it, that period around 35 minutes when we're completely dominating them five metres from their line, I believe should have been a penalty try (when) they got a yellow card," he said.

SEE ALSO: What Ulster And Munster Need To Do To Reach The Champions Cup Knockouts

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