This weekend gave us some incredibly exciting international Test rugby with a number of games going to the wire.
Ireland could only manage to beat Fiji by a margin of three points in a brutally physical affair at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin while the Springboks emerged one-point victors over France in Paris. Even at Twickenham, that game was on a knife-edge until England ran away with the game in the final quarter in monsoon conditions in the English capital.
However, what is being described as the game of the weekend was the All Blacks 22-17 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday night. It was an emotional occasion in Edinburgh, with Doddie Weir delivering the match ball with his sons before kick-off leaving no dry eye among the 67,800 in attendance.
The game was tied 3-3 at halftime before Codie Taylor and Damian McKenzie cross for tries early in the second half. That didn’t stop Scotland, though, Gregor Townsend’s outfit are made of stern stuff and they came back as Jonny Gray barged over from close range after some relentless pressure.
The All Blacks’ penalty count was mounting during that phase which led to Sam Cane going to the bin. With 10 minutes ago, there was yet another wave of Scotland pressure after Beauden Barrett had touched down for another try for the visitors.
Wyatt Crockett replaced Cane in the bin for going off his feet at the ruck but during the next phase Kieran Read should have followed for deliberately slapping the ball out of the hands of Gray who saw an opportunity again to barge over from close range.
You can watch the full passage of play below as the Scottish players are begging for the referee to review the incident to what would be a certain yellow card but the referree adjudged that they go back for a penalty advantage which the Scots already had.