In the lead up to this year’s World Cup, World Rugby are looking back at previous tournaments, and speaking to those figures that had a large influence on the game. On this occasion it’s referee Ed Morrison, who analyses his own performence in the 1995 Final.
Morrison says of the huge occasion in ’95 that he had to lock himself away from all the fanfare that went on in Johannesburg, and indeed around South Africa, in the lead up to the final.
“I never thought South Africa could win it because the All Blacks were so good at that stage,” he said of the side that coasted to the final, with Jonah Lomu wreaking havoc along the way.
He also admits, twenty years after the final, that the late Ruben Kruger probably did actually score the try that he disallowed. “Nobody said anything, because they won!”
All points were therefore scored with the boot, as the Springboks won it 15-12 in extra time, thanks to a Joel Stransky drop goal after a back and forth kicking duel with Andrew Mehrtens.
It’s an interesting interview, giving us great insight into the emotions and thoughts that a key figure on that historic day went through.