Dingbatt: And then there were stats like the Chiefs spending minutes in the opposition 22 in the first half, the Hurricanes 22 seconds!
I completely agree that some refereeing decisions were not evenly applied.
Unfortunately I haven't been able to rewatch the match as my recording was blighted by rain fade so I haven't had a chance to look at some aspects of the game. Particularly the difference between intentional foul play (shoulder charges) vs accidental (slip up high tackles) and how they were punished.
The Chiefs have demonstrated they have a great starting lineup but are really weakened when their substitutes are brought on.
I do think the Hurricanes were found out. They were the only NZ franchise that hadn't played a local derby. They were outstanding in their first two games, but the teams they were playing were woeful (I may have to eat my words when the Chiefs play the Rebels next week). You can throw a blanket over all five NZ franchises they are that close.
I am worried about Barrett's kicking for the ABs.
It's an old cliche but this was a game of two halves.
Canes ran out of time to win it, and if there had been 5 minutes to go after their last try I believe they would have likely won that game.
The two yellow cards cost them the game. Fatialofa was just dumb.
Bird should have spent 10 minutes in the bin as well, but will probably spend a week or two sidelined instead now - that will surely be cited.
You're worried about Barretts kicking because he missed one shot at goal on a miserable night?