itxtme: Rugby has very complicated laws, that are often interpreted differently. The most concerning part of that game for me was the final penalty by Barnes.
He himself, the touch judges and the tmo didnt pick it up. It was the home nations broadcasters repeated replays (4 in total) that lead to them desciding to view the incidence in more detail.
Its not particularly fair given infringements for the opposing sides arent also repeatedly shown until a review by the reff.
Yes to this. My worst fear is that the RWC will be decided by a subjective ref's call.
But now that the Rugby Championship and the Bledisloe are safely tucked away and there is no unbeaten record to extend, it is time for the coaches to set things in motion for the RWC. Bring on new players, 'rest' some of the experienced players (like Mealamu), take a risk or two.
With the return of SBW and the rise of Fekitoa, I wonder where Nonu will fit in. Conrad Smith, while solid, hasn't really shone in the last two games, Crotty needs more exposure. Thrush needs Test Match time to bring him up to the same level as Retallick and Whitelock, and Luatua needs to become a complete utility, able to play 4 to 8. Kerr-Barlow and Perenara likewise need more exposure to test level rugby. And, dare I say it, but we need experienced cover for McCaw and Read, as both are appearing more fragile.
I can't see DC in the RWC, Slade or Taylor need to be developed as the ultimate utility back, Cruden and Barrett are the first fives for next year.