Watch: NZ/France Turns On Big Moment Of Controversy

Watch: NZ/France Turns On Big Moment Of Controversy

The, er, unique, position the All Blacks occupy in the hearts of referees and officials in world rugby manifested itself once again this morning in their 52-11 win over France. While New Zealand were perhaps always likely to win the game, the game turned on a big moment of controversy early in the second half. France led by three points at half-time, and were tied at 11-11 when referee Luke Pearce yellow carded Paul Gabrillagues.

As replays show, it was a dreadful decision, with Pearce not even bothering to go to the TMO.

You can watch it below:

Elsewhere, New Zealand's Sam Cane got away without even a warning for this 'tackle'.


The sin-binning broke French spirit, and ultimately lost the second half 40-0.

The All Blacks ran in three tries while Gabrillagues was off the pitch, and while they would likely have won the game anyway, they undoubtedly benefitted from some dodgy decisions.

As per.

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