Rory Best makes feeling known on costly TMO decision in Ireland's narrow defeat to South Africa

Ireland slipped to defeat against South Africa in an exhilarating match at altitude in Pretoria on Saturday afternoon, marking their first game of a two-match test series.

The performance was a mixed bag indeed for the Irish in their first outing since defeating Scotland in the Six Nations in March. A few decisions going in favour of Andy Farrell's squad might have swung the result in their favour.

One such instance was when James Lowe's try was disallowed after a TMO review. Referee Luke Pearce, who had a prime vantage point of the incident and initially saw no issue with the try, was called back by the TMO as Jack Crowley prepared for the conversion.

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Ex-Ireland skipper Rory Best believed that the try should have been allowed. During the post-match analysis on Sky Sports, Best expressed his belief that Ireland could have turned the tides if the try had been permitted, reports the Irish Mirror.

Best added: "I'm a big believer with the TMO, Luke Pearce is right in front of that. Of course we're biased and Ireland fans, but if he doesn't see that in real-time? I think you could go to any breakdown at any given point and pick holes and say that was an infringement."

Shane Horgan, a previous international player for Ireland who also offered analysis for the game, concurred with Best's appraisal of the try. Despite the setback, Ireland is set to face South Africa once again in Durban for the second and final match of the test series next weekend.

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