layman:bradstewart: While we lost, lets not do the typical kiwi thing and scream for heads to roll. The ABs played well, especially being down to 14 men for a while there.
The French were not the better team on the day, they were lucky they had a ref firmly in their pocket.
I don't blame the ref at all. Not even slightly! You can't rely on the ref to win a game of rugby. Quite frankly the French played superb rugby. Their defence was flawless. They didn't give away any silly penalties, when it could have cost them dearly if they had. They took what few opportunities they did get and made the AB's pay ..... BIG TIME!
As for the AB's. That was the most appalling second rate effort I have witnessed from them for a long time. They looked lost, inexperienced and played silly schoolboy rugby.
As a team of professionals they all need to be fired!!!!!!!! Overpampered, overpayed and OVERRATED!!!!
We just have to face it. The French was clearly the better team on the day, and the result reflected that. The ref made one or two bad calls, (he also missed a forward pass the ABs made and some other minor knock-ons in the rucks that could have cost us). He did not cost us the game. The AB's had one plan... Plan A. There was no Plan B (there hasn't been a plan B for awhile) They suck. The first seed finished 8th, and when you get paid like they do... that kind of result is totally unacceptable.
Chokers? We GAGGED!
Go the French! They deserve to win now.
Not only do I have a beef with the ref, I think the linesman's could have more keep an eye on the match, the ref was good for 8 points. I thnik the IRb need to follow through with refs after a game and the TMO allowed to have a word in the refs ear for things the ref doesnt see. I am not just critical of this game I have watched all the WC games and the reffing has been inconsistant. One ref will allow one thing and the other will not. ps. I have reffed before however our sport there are two refs in the game & we work as a team also to ensure a fair game for all. But there is nothing I can do to change history so I will just have to be sad for the next week, well on the bright side 4 years to go for a rematch
layman: Mate I don't need to watch the game again at all. I'm Gutted. No I'm not French. I'm an AB's supporter thru and thru. But you know what I can't abide .... It's a one-eyed view of the world. You can blame the ref all you want. It's not gonna change the result. We had 71% possession and 63% territory and at the end of the day, it's us on the plane back home to NZ.
All you scapegoat seekers out there, see who the AB's are blaming.... themselves. As I said before the French played great rugby. I hope they win.
PS. I'm not trying to flame anyone. Just posting my POV.
ZIMsar10: You say you are an All Blacks fan through & through, well sorry, but true All Blacks fans do not ridicule & slag off off the All Blacks when they loose, especially when you take the abysmal referee decisions into account.
bradstewart: While we lost, lets not do the typical kiwi thing and scream for heads to roll.