All Blacks avoid controversial French referee Romain Poite at Rugby Championship

Eloi Lecerf
Julho 11, 2017

But the attention soon turned to referee Romain Poite's 77th-minute decision in which he first awarded a penalty to the All Blacks for offside but then changed his original decision on the advice of the assistant referees and Television Match Official.

When New Zealand reflect on the last couple of minutes of a hectic Test match I wonder how they will feel about being refereed in the same way as the rest of the rugby world is refereed?

"I was expecting to go again", he said. There is no point us being frustrated.

Garces, who oversaw the second-Test loss in Wellington, will be in charge for Rugby Championship-opening clash between the Wallabies and All Blacks in Sydney on August 19.

"It's probably a bit of a long stretch to try and make the next Lions tour. We had plenty of chances to win the game ourselves".

"You can either look at is and say we did alright, or say we didn't do what we wanted to do, but we didn't lose the thing either".

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In his column for Independent.ie, Alan Quinlan has suggested that what may have played a big factor in Poite's decision was the contrasting attitude between Warburton and All Blacks captain Kieran Read throughout the game, something he noticed by listening to the "ref-link" in the stadium.

On the drawn series, he added: "We've ended up with a hand on the trophy each, which is a little bit like kissing your sister. We have a deal about the offside from 16".

I'm proud how the guy on my right (Ian Foster) put the plan together, and the way we went about executing it, we just didn't finalise it.

"I thought a draw was a fair result".

"The more time you have to think about something, we overthink it, and in this case that's what happened". It would have made for an incredible climax.

LIONS: L Williams; A Watson (J Nowell 73), J Davies, O Farrell, E Daly; J Sexton (B Te'o HIA 48-54, 73), C Murray (R Webb 69); M Vunipola (J McGrath 60), J George (K Owens 70), T Furlong (K Sinckler 60); M Itoje, AW Jones (C Lawes 50); S Warburton (capt, AW Jones 67-73), S O'Brien (CJ Stander h-t), T Faletau.

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