For the second week in a row the referee’s boss has admitted a mistake that cost the Chiefs the match (commenting that the final penalty was incorrectly awarded). The Blues player had effectively committed a foul that prevented the try being scored and did not have rights to the ball.
Ironically by not going to the TMO against the Blues this week after going to the TMO last week and reviewing too many phases back (also admitted after the fact).
The try that Alaimalo scored appeared to have a pass that was a best ‘flat’ but Clark dived on him after the try was scored, badly injuring him, and that should have been revisited.
But the Chiefs summed up their season by taking a quick tap instead of a scrum 5m from the line when the Blues had a back in the bin. Just dumb play.
You tend to make your own luck a bit. The Blues - Crusaders game had 4-5 similar penalties not awarded to the Blues as the Crusaders were the dominant pack. It sucks when you're the team getting screwed though.
The Clark tackle looked at worst clumsy. It's fairly normal to see a player late tackle a try scorer but because he was injured it becomes an issue. To go back they would need to do that for all latish tackles on a try scorer.