DrG - you are a gent. Totally agree with your comments regarding the refereeing - on-field refs were excellent (together with the much maligned Joubert), while the TMO intervention was frustrating (including both when and how they chose to intervene). Subsequent disciplinary decisions (what was cited, what was punished and the extent of the punishments dispensed in each particular case) were confusing, inconsistent, and made me think that there may be something to the oft-raised contention that Tier 1 nations (and SH in particular) receive more favourable treatment than the others. »
DrG - despite being an AB fan, I am inclined to agree with the bulk of your comments. I would say it was a relief to win in 2011, and it is a shame that it was in somewhat contentious circumstances (I still maintain that Joubert was excellent, and favoured nobody, but I wear black glasses and that debate has been done to death), but I was just pleased to have done so, and I can see that anyone not from NZ would have issue with some of the calls. »
Disagree with you, Nico. I would recommend you read the IRB Rules again, and have a look at the considered analysis, and accompanying diagrams, here: http://www.rugbyrefs.com/showthread.php?19009-NZ-v-SA/page7 - at all times, up until the ball leaves the hand of the hooker, Richie was on-side. Great try.
If I might interpret your post for the benefit of the rugby-loving public: "I don't know the rules, I don't know anything about rugby, and I don't like Richie McCaw because his team keeps beating my team. Its not fair, and he must be a cheat."