Rugby Ref's Worst Nightmare As Both Teams Turn Up In Blue

Well, one of us is going to have to change.

A match between the Cardiff Blues and Glasgow Warriors in Wales made for some confusing viewing, commentating and refereeing on Sunday, after both teams arrived in blue jerseys.

No doubt already in a dampened mood after his team's 29-12 loss, Cardiff back Gareth Anscombe slammed European rugby officials, calling the situation an "out-and-out disgrace".

"It was a disgrace, really. I don't know who the guy's job is to decide that, but he has got to face consequences for it," the New Zealand-born player told Wales Online after the match.

While it may seem like an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction, tournament rules state teams must submit two kit designs to governing body European Professional Club Rugby before the start of competition. Teams are then told which kit they will wear two weeks ahead of a match.

Just a good ol' sea of blue. Image: getty
Just 48 shades of blue short. Image: Getty

In a statement, EPCR said those procedures had not been properly followed ahead of the match in the Welsh capital.

"These procedures were not sufficiently followed through for last weekend's Heineken Champions Cup, Round 2 match at Cardiff Arms Park," the statement said.

"EPCR will be formally contacting both Cardiff Blues and Glasgow Warriors in due course to apologise."

Commentator Martyn Williams said it was the "most difficult" game he's ever had to call, while Cardiff coach John Mulvihill said a complaint had been made about the jerseys before game commenced.

"It would have been an absolute nightmare for the referee," Mulvihill said.

"An absolute nightmare for the assistant referees, and running into that sun in that first half the boys couldn't differentiate who was their team-mate and who wasn't. It was ridiculous."

Wait, do we have the ball? Crowds had their work cut out for them with both the glare and the colour clash. Image: Getty