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NZ Media Claim Nigel Owens Mistake “Killed The All Blacks”

Nigel Owens during the match

A report in the NZ Herland claims that a decision, or lack of decision, from Nigel Owens at the end of South Africa’s incredible win over the All Blacks cost Steve Hansen’s side the game or in other words, “killed the All Blacks”. 

After the midway point of the second half, when Aphiwe Dyantyi’s try put the Springboks 24-36 in front, the All Blacks bombarded their visitors for the remainder of the game and got two tries through Codie Taylor and Ardie Savea.

However, those two tries failed to be converted by Beauden Barrett as the out-half hit the post on both occasions when attempting to add the extras.

A lack of accuracy from the tee and conceding 36 points was ultimately the losing of the game for the All Blacks but the NZ Herald have taken issue with Welsh referee Owens for a lack of a decision at the end of the game.

According to Patrick McKendry of the NZ Herald, the TMO told Owens around the 83-minute mark that two Springbok players were offside, Faf De Klerk and Warren Whiteley.

However, Owens didn’t call for offside and the All Blacks eventually knocked on through Damian McKenzie which resulted in the win for South Africa.

NZ Herald Headline criticising Nigel Owens

To be fair to the author of the piece, he does criticise the All Blacks for making “more mistakes in one night than they have in the entire Rugby Championship this year.”

However, Owens’ lack of decision is likely to leave a sour taste in the mouths of All Blacks fans as they reflect on their first loss to South Africa at home since 2009.

Next up for the All Blacks is a clash with Argentina at the Estadio Jose Amalfitani in two week’s time where they will be looking to bounce back from this defeat.

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email seanmc@punditarena.com or on Twitter