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Are refs having too much impact on games?

Last updated 12:47 18/05/2015
Referee Glen Jackson.
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Referee Glen Jackson made some unpopular calls in the Hurricanes' 22-18 win over the Chiefs in Wellington.

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Referees are back in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons after a series of controversial calls in the Chiefs-Hurricanes Super Rugby match on Saturday.

The television match official and referee's failure to identify cynical infringing by a Hurricanes forward playing at the ball while on the ground in the final minutes of the match cost the Chiefs a shot at victory.

It wasn't the only contentious ruling in the match with a few dicey forward pass calls and a dangerous lifting tackle decision all adding to the cauldron of Chiefs fan contempt.

Do you think match officials have too much influence on the result of games? Are we right to criticise them?

Should referees be punished for their poor performances, and if so, what would be a fitting punishment?

Or do you think they get a rough deal from the media and fans - they are only human after all.

Would increasing use of video technology be good for the game?  

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