Plus one on the Barrett try. For starters, it's the best game I've ever seen in my life and could have sealed the result for the ABs. But also so many factors - that Barrett had 15 minutes earlier been smashed by JdV on his way to the try line, that the ref blew for a try before going upstairs and then needed physio work on his leg, which showed how intense the game was.
There are dozens of infringements the ref misses in every game and inconsistent rulings. As long they are appx even by the end of the game or the end of the season, no one can really complain. Even within that game - Whitelock was binned for an infringement in the 22 with no prior warning while the Boks were penalised three times in one period of play but never even spoken to by the ref. Another example, before BdP took Read out in the air, he had never attempted to retire and was miles offside. That led immediately to a try to the Boks. To suggest the refs are using two sets of laws for NZ and the opposition is insane.
The trouble I have with his dive is that it just looks ridiculous. If he had some grace or got some air like Rokocoko or could do a flip or cart wheel or whatever like Cooper, or a hillarious dance like Cipriani once in a while, well, sure, no problem. But the dive looks like some uncoordinated fat kid scoring a try for the first time. »