Gerry Thornley: Captain’s challenge worth the trial but it’s time to scrap it

Drawn-out unsatisfactory endgame in Thomond Park may serve as a salutary warning

 Andrew Bryce, the match referee,  reviews a captain’s challenge late in the game  between Munster and Cardiff Blues at Thomond Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Andrew Bryce, the match referee, reviews a captain’s challenge late in the game between Munster and Cardiff Blues at Thomond Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Last Friday evening, in the final match of the season at Thomond Park, Cardiff restarted the game after Keynan Knox’s converted try had put Munster 31-27 ahead. There were four minutes and 25 seconds remaining.

Just over 14 minutes later, referee Andrew Brace blew the full-time whistle. Yes, 14 minutes.

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