Directors of rugby and coaches rise and fall on their results. In what has become a big money game, livelihoods are at stake, but it's rather demeaning for the game when a coach's first response to the failure of his team and / or his coaching is the blame the official.
There are many ways to play a game of rugby, many variables at work, not least the weather, ground conditions, relative strengths and weaknesses of each team, and the referee. The official's interpretation of the laws adds to the intrigue. Provided his interpretation is consistent throughout a match and, one can hope, throughout a season, the coaches should stop the moaning and concentrate on adapting their game plan to the many other variables at work.
Northampton took a view on the conditions and their opposition on Saturday, worked out their relative strengths and played to them. Dai Young was outwitted by his opponents, not cheated by the referee as he and some Wasps fans felt.
It may be no consolation that Wasps provided some rich entertainment in defeat. Tom Varndell's try was more of the same from him, and he will wonder what more he has to do if he doesn't tour Argentina with England in the summer. With him on tour (assuming a few England players make the Lions trip) should be Elliot Daly, the 20-year-old centre who has been turning heads since his days at Whitgift School.
Daly's solo try on Saturday, a master class in balance, power, speed and deft footwork that left four Saints defenders trailing in his wake, was exactly the stuff that England, and Chris Ashton in particular, have temporarily lost.
Usually a centre, Daly is equally well equipped on the wing or at fullback and has a mighty boot on him for the long penalties. His day in the red rose shirt will surely come; the summer tour would not be too soon.