I don't really get the hostility towards the English policy. It's designed to prevent the drain of the best players from England. That way, the club level they have now doesn't get even worse, wages can be kept from ballooning, and the RFU at least has the power to make deals with English clubs regarding time off for internationals etc. whereas it doesn't have that power with French clubs. »
I kind of feel bad for Joubert here. He's been made the scapegoat by his employers. He made an incorrect call, yes, but he was refereeing that match because his employers decided that he would referee it. He's proven himself time and again to be, at best, flawed and unlucky to find himself in difficult situations, at worst, completely unreliable and incapable of handling his-pressure matches and decisions. He shouldn't have been there in the first place, and his employers are the ones responsible for that.
Maybe I just imagined that they were bigger because they drove the Irish players backwards in nearly every tackle. I think in the backline though there was a difference in size. Earls and the Kearneys were just manhandled all day. Taking the ball statically and having uninventive back play doesn't help.
Dear God. I can't remember the last time Ireland were beaten so soundly. The Argentinians were just bigger, faster and more skilful. It was actually embarrassing. Having a kicker who hooks the ball every time and can't deal with pressure kicks doesn't help, either. »