The English team would emerge victorious in an all-time classic at 31:27, with two attempts by Simon Zebo not being enough for racing. A total of eight attempts were made, most of them in a Champions Cup final.
Exeter would kick a penalty if the clock ticked late in the red to extend their lead to four points, but the French side thought they had one last chance to try.
However, it soon found out that there was a problem with the watch. The clock had not restarted at the request of referee Nigel Owens, which he would soon be informed of by his TMO. What followed was a rather prickly exchange.
TMO: I will explain what happened. You asked for the time to proceed. We worked with the producers to turn this time on. We couldn’t do this when you asked, but when the ball crossed the posts it was about 79:57.
The clock should be above 80:00 because the clock was not on when you asked for it to be turned on.
Owens: All I want to know is when the ball crossed the posts, was the time up? Yes or no?
TMO: Technically, the time was up, yes, that was it.
Owens: I do not need technically. I need to know, was the time up for the ball to hit the post?
TMO: The clock was at 79:57 when the ball passed. However, I will repeat it. When you asked to set the clock, we couldn’t do it on TV.
Owens: So the time is over you tell me
TMO: The time is over, yeah
It turned out that the punishment would be the final act of the competition.
We could imagine the controversy that would have unfolded had the bug not been addressed and Racing given a try at the restart.
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