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Last Updated: Monday, 22 October 2007, 10:11 GMT 11:11 UK
Video ref happy with Cueto ruling
Mark Cueto
Cueto is convinced he should have been awarded a try
The video referee who disallowed Mark Cueto's potentially decisive try in the World Cup final insists he is "100% happy" with his decision.

Had the 42nd-minute score been allowed to stand, England would have narrowed South Africa's 9-3 lead to a point and then may have scored the conversion.

However, Australian official Stuart Dickinson told the Daily Telegraph: "I am 100% happy with the decision.

"There is a lot of definitive footage there. Factually it is indisputable."

Dickinson added: "His foot runs into touch by about 25 to 30 centimetres. If you know the decision is correct and people are still upset, well there is nothing you can do about that is there?"


He also revealed that he took so long to reach his decision because of language problems with French television producers.

"Looking at the first replays, it was clear that Mark Cueto had grounded the ball correctly and that his body was in play when he did so, which left the question of whether his toe had slid in as the only issue," said Dickinson.

"With the language barrier between me and the French TV producers, I wasn't able to get frame-by-frame pictures. The producer didn't slow it down for me so I had to make the judgment in real time. That's why it took so long."

Cueto has a different view. Writing in the Daily Express, he stated that, whatever the thoughts of the analysts, in his opinion it was definitely a try.

Mark Cueto
Cueto's disallowed effort was the turning point of the final

"I will take with me to the grave the certainty that I should have been given a try in a World Cup final and that, with a Jonny Wilkinson conversion to come, we might well have had a lead to defend instead of still having to chase the game," he insisted.

"No matter how many times I look at it, I still can't believe he turned me down."

BBC Radio 5live rugby correspondent Ian Robertson described the breakdown in communication between Dickinson and the French TV producer as "appalling" but believes in the end the right decision was reached.

He said: "By the time they had seen all the angles and the freeze frames it was absolutely conclusive that it was no try."

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