All Blacks blame World Cup referee

The All Blacks coaches have blamed English referee Wayne Barnes for their World Cup failure, it was reported on Thursday as the New Zealand Rugby Union deliberated on the future of the coaching panel.

Head coach Graham Henry and his assistants Steve Hansen and Wayne Smith have publicly maintained a diplomatic silence about Barnes’ performance in the World Cup quarterfinal in which hot favourites New Zealand lost to France 18-20.

But in a review of the performance, held behind closed doors at the rugby union headquarters, the coaches produced video evidence documenting Barnes’ errors, according to the New Zealand Herald.

The inexperienced English official failed to award a single penalty against France in the second half.

However, the video highlighted 17 second-half errors by Barnes and his touch judges, which all related to French indiscretions that were missed by the officials, the paper said.

Barnes also sin-binned inside centre Luke McAlister in the first half, leading to the first French try, and then failed to rule on a clear forward pass for France’s second.

A source said that was the central plank of the coaches’ case as they campaigned to keep their jobs.

The All Blacks failure to attempt a potentially match-winning drop goal in the closing stages of the match was said to have been explained away as the All Blacks instead played for a penalty that never came.

Having heard the coaches’ case, the rugby union review committee will present its findings to the full New Zealand Rugby Union board on Friday which will probably decide the fate of the coaches. – Sapa-AFP

We make it make sense

If this story helped you navigate your world, subscribe to the M&G today for just R30 for the first three months

Subscribers get access to all our best journalism, subscriber-only newsletters, events and a weekly cryptic crossword.”

Related stories

WELCOME TO YOUR M&G

Already a subscriber? Sign in here

Advertising

Latest stories

Bonnie Mbuli launches jewellery range

Internationally recognised actress Bonnie Mbuli launches Bon Ami, a collection dedicated to mental health awareness

Seven leadership laws for business success

Here are seven expert tips to help you become a better leader by investing time and energy into a healthy work culture

Sanbi projects help rural women manage the impacts of climate...

Empowering women and girls to be equal players and climate change decision-makers is critical

Smiso Nkwanyana: Remembering a student leader and activist

He died 19 years ago but his influence on shaping the political landscape of KwaZulu-Natal lives on
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…
×