So anyone who disagrees with you should leave the forum? If you want a group of people to agree with you, just post on the website of l'Equipe, it will be easier. The funny thing about all of this is that I live in France and have greatly enjoyed many sportsmen that your country has produced (Rives,Sella,Blanco,Ibanez,Chavet,Dusautoir etc). What I find reprehensible is this need to blame the referee for a sub-par performance. The grim reality is that this was England's poorest and France's best performance of the tournament but England still deserved to win. Finally, your comment on rugby being based on rules is obvious, my point is that different referees will interpret those rules in different ways, especially at the breakdown.
Yep sure, must be the only explanation.....funny that almost every English victory over France in the past 10 years (and there have been a lot) have been disputed by the French press (l'Equipe in particular) as being unjust whereas after England's loss in the World Cup,there was universal praise in the British press for France's 1st half performance. I guess the world is against you guys. And before I get shouted down for not speaking about this match in particular, I agree that the try should not have stood but I could also point out 2 penalties that should have been given against Picamoles at the breakdown, a knock on that shouldn't have stood and a defninite yellow card in the last 10 minutes of the game for not releasing. Rugby is a game of many opinions, to say a referee is out to get a team is ignorant.