Philip Quinn on Lions draw: "In other places like America, for example, the draw is anathema to sport"

The Sunday Paper Review took place in Portstewart at the Irish Open

BY Simon Maguire 17:24 Sunday 9 July 2017, 17:24 9 Jul 2017

Lions and New Zealand players after the match. Image: ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

The Off the Ball team are based in Portstewart for the duration of the Irish Open as the European Tour's top players battle it out for a multi-million Euro prize fund.

This week's Sunday Paper Review took place in the Newstalk lounge and Joe Molloy was joined by Philip Quinn and Dermot Gilleece to discuss the big stories this Sunday.

Undoubtedly, the Lions' unlikely draw with World Champions New Zealand over three tests was a major talking point and the lack of extra-time to decide a series winner came up.

However, Roman Poite's decision to downgrade a penalty for the All Blacks in the dying seconds also came under scrutiny. 

"It's what rugby has that football or soccer doesn't have at the moment," said Quinn, adding: "Is this ability to take a little time out and look at reply, consult a TMO and take 30/45 seconds which is what Roman Poite did yesterday. He changed his mind and I've never seen referees in football - never ever change their minds.

All Blacks' captain Kieran Read and Lions' captain Sam Warburton lift the DHL NZ cup after the series finished a draw. Image:  ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

"And I think maybe they've got to look at that as well in that sport. Generally, if you take a time-out, you generally get the right decision. 

"My own view at the time was I think the Lions got a break which they probably deserved over the three games. But, you know what? I was left feeling at the end of it it all, because we knew when that penalty was tuned down, it was going to finish as a draw.

"And suddenly there was a...real sense of anti-climax. There were no winners and nobody knew whether to punch the air or shake hands or whatever.

"And I'm wondering should they have perhaps maybe thought of this before the series and said 'should we play an extra 5 or 10 minutes each way or next score wins?' because in other places like America, for example, the draw is anathema to sport - you just don't have one. And, maybe going forward, they might look at that."

The full discussion can be heard here:


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