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Fascinating 2017 Six Nations comes to a close - Final Weekend Highlights Wrap

Oliver, I think it's a big chicken and egg thing...

Non English speakers, such as yourselves and the Argentinians have almost told themselves the world is against them for so long that now every opportunity that fits the bill is used as an example.... Did you guys create your own bias? There are poor refereeing decisions going against a lot of teams, remember that Wales Ireland match a few 6N ago with the ball gate drama? I remember a Jonny Wilkinson try against Scotland many moons ago where the tmo missed the fact JW's foot was out when he awarded the try...Then of course there was that pass when France was against NZ....I'm just saying a lot of teams get bad calls.... Being an Anglophobe, might be more prevelant than a clandestine meeting with dodgy referees...

Regarding Argentinian referees, perhaps it's because they are not in a great position to be referees on a world stage? Do they have the immersion into the game? An aspiring referee in France can travel around France to big games, same with Britain, NZ, SA and AUS.... Perhaps an Argument referee would have to leave his or her homeland, which maybe at this stage is less appealing.. another few years and you might see more...

Do we have Italian referees?

2 Months, 4 Days ago

Fascinating 2017 Six Nations comes to a close - Final Weekend Highlights Wrap

Yeh and IF Italy had a decent kicker they might have won the 6N.... :D

2 Months, 5 Days ago

Quade Cooper likely to be suspended following red card vs Lions

Make Cooper looked more remorseful, his hang dog routine must be pretty good...

Have you checked Twitter activity?

2 Months, 5 Days ago

Jordie Barrett brilliant behind the back pass for Hurricanes try

Hmmm, now all they need is a petulant shite to flap his arms around at every decision....

2 Months, 5 Days ago

Fascinating 2017 Six Nations comes to a close - Final Weekend Highlights Wrap

I think the only way to get the French to drop all this bias nonsense is to retrospectively award them the 2011 RWC...

2 Months, 5 Days ago

Fascinating 2017 Six Nations comes to a close - Final Weekend Highlights Wrap

Loosely....

2 Months, 5 Days ago

Jordie Barrett brilliant behind the back pass for Hurricanes try

Saveas*

2 Months, 5 Days ago

Jordie Barrett brilliant behind the back pass for Hurricanes try

All Blacks becoming the new Wales?

Save as, Barrett's, etc...

Almost like the Davies and Jones' of Wales...

2 Months, 5 Days ago

Quade Cooper likely to be suspended following red card vs Lions

What im said...

2 Months, 5 Days ago

Fascinating 2017 Six Nations comes to a close - Final Weekend Highlights Wrap

Oliver, whilst I think we agree on the final outcome, I'm not sure our journeys are the same to that point.

You mention how the French may feel ganged up on, being non English speakers... Perhaps this 'paranoia' is because you're not English speakers, so rather you automatically feel outcast so every incident that goes against France just proves your theory, whereas it could simply just be another cock up by a referee.

I understand how you're using 'Anglo-Saxon' for the purpose of your argument, but I really don't think Barnes as an Englishman is going to favour the Welsh over the French.... Unless perhaps he is trying to improve Celtic-Anglo relations?!? That being said, the introduction of SH refs is something I can see myself approving of...

Ignoring any of the Welsh side of the game, I'm sure you yourself must think the Antonio substitution was a bit strange no? Perhaps it is massively coincidental, but he seemed to be holding his arm, complaining about a sore back and just looking completely flat out on his feet.... But suddenly he had a head injury?! All that being said, I still think France should have won the game before it came to that!

The concern I have overall is the continuing penalties and lack of punishment, bar Samson Lee and the future potential Biggar card.... I understand refs in general do try and make it clear that the same offence will be punished - this is why the kiwis tend to avoid cards as they don't commit the same offence twice in succession... But for me, it was a 'scrum offence'... And continually...

That being said, and to follow; loosely, 'a penalty try is awarded when a try WOULD have been scored had the offence not been committed', I can see why Barnes was not completely keen to award a try as there was no clear march towards the try line in any of the scrums BUT...This to me was caused by the Welsh dropping the scrums before they get properly going...

But all in all, I'm glad the French won, they deserved it!!

2 Months, 5 Days ago