Sporting Index predict referee Romain Poite will give square-box-signal six times to consult television match official

Friday 7th July, 2017 – After the television match official (TMO) played a big part in a red card offence in the British and Irish Lions Test against New Zealand last weekend, leading spread betting firm Sporting Index predict the square-box-signal will be given six times in the third and final Test match tomorrow.

French referee Jerome Garces used TMO to spot a shoulder charge to the head of Lion Anthony Watson by All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams, leading to the sending off of the New Zealand man during Warren Gatland’s side’s win to level the series. 

The third and final test match will be refereed by Frenchman Romain Poite, and Sporting Index’s traders predict the man in the centre will signal for video assistance a total of six times in Auckland on Saturday.

Ed Fulton, trading spokesman for Sporting Index, said: “Jerome Garces was spot on with his decision to dismiss Sonny Bill Williams last weekend using TMO, and our traders think we’re yet to see more of the video evidence in this weekend’s third and final Test – six times to be exact.   

“It could be a bad omen for the Lions that the man with the whistle for Saturday’s match is Romain Poite, and the All Blacks have won all eight matches they’ve had refereed by the Frenchman.  

“Poite was embroiled in a TMO scandal when he used video evidence to give a yellow card to Dan Carter the All Blacks’ 2013 Championship match against South Africa in Auckland, with the yellow subsequently rescinded by the International Rugby Board. So it’ll certainly be interesting to see Poite’s use of TMO this weekend as both teams go into the big event level at one match each.”

Sporting Index –Lions Specials

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Total times TMO is used by referee in British and Irish Lions third Test vs New Zealand 6


About the Sporting Index Group

The Sporting Index Group is best known as the world’s largest sports spread betting business, offering the widest range of markets and taking some of the largest bets on sporting, political and entertainment events around the world.

The Group has c.300 staff, based mainly at its London HQ. It is privately owned and is the undisputed world leader in sports spread betting, dominating the global market with an estimated 80%+ market share. Today it offers the sports fan the opportunity to bet on thousands of markets per week on a wide variety of sports, political and showbiz events, as well as on a portfolio of unique virtual games and casino products. Clients transact via its award-winning mobile phone applications, websites and a 24/7 voice telephony service. Sporting Index’s B2C business continues to grow in the face of a fiercely competitive online betting market.

At the heart of the business is a world class trading, modelling and liability management capability that is widely acknowledged as amongst the best in the global betting market. The Group combines the latest technology with unrivalled trader expertise to service its core sports spread betting clients, as well as an increasing number of Business-to-Business partners who rely on the company’s fixed-odds in-play pricing, trading and modelling expertise to underpin their own sportsbook operations via the Sporting Solutions brand. This has quickly established itself as a leading provider to lotteries and “Tier One” operators, with a number of flagship betting brands signed up.

Sporting Index is authorised and regulated in the UK by the Financial Conduct Authority and the UK Gambling Commission.

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