Sun 18 Sep 2022 | 04:03

Nigel Owens' take on Bledisloe Cup controversy

Nigel Owens' take on Bledisloe Cup controversy
Sun 18 Sep 2022 | 04:03
Nigel Owens' take on Bledisloe Cup controversy
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REACTION: While the Australian media has gone into a total meltdown of the Bledisloe Cup controversy, there is another very balanced take on the saga.

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We bring you the view of renowned and now retired referee Nigel Owens of the contentious call by French referee Mathieu Raynal to overturn a penalty awarded to Australian flyhalf Bernard Foley.

The Wallabies are adamant Raynal’s call cost them a certain win and a chance to reclaim the Bledisloe Cup that has been in All Black hands for 20 years.

The home team were on the verge of a stunning come-from-behind win, leading 37-34 in the final minute in Melbourne on Thursday when Foley was penalised.

Raynal reversed a penalty awarded to the Australians in the remaining seconds for time-wasting as Foley – in his first game for three years – delayed his kick, believing the clock was off.

But it was a monumental error, with the All Blacks instead awarded a scrum five metres out, and Jordie Barrett crossed in the corner for a sensational 39-37 win.

Owens has come out in defence of the Frenchman.

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“As so many of you have been in touch to ask,” he said on his social media – about the dramatic finish to the Bledisloe Cup game in Melbourne this past Thursday.

“[It was] clear communication and warning to the player to get on with it.

“[It was] a fair and strong refereeing call my Raynal I feel.

“Learning here is not for the referee, but the players to get on with it when ref asks.”

* (Also see below, the absolute meltdown in the Aussie media Down Under!)

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