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All Blacks Benefit From Yet More Lenient Refereeing In Final France Test

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One of the biggest stories surrounding France’s summer tour of New Zealand has been the standard of refereeing.

Controversial incidents in the first two tests meant that the third and final test in Dunedin on Saturday morning, officiated by Irishman John Lacey,  would come under an increased level of scrutiny.

In an enthralling game that has gone back and forth in the first half, the biggest moment thus far came in just around the half-hour mark. New Zealand, having broken quickly from the scrum, tore away from the try line with Damian McKenzie bearing down.

Replacement Baptiste Serin would have been in a strong position to stop the  All Black outhalf, but found the referee to be an unavoidable obstacle in his path and McKenzie thus had a clear path to putting New Zealand back into the lead.

Lacey didn’t feel the need to consult the TMO upon the scoring of the try, and the All Blacks gained what turned out to be a seven-point lead with the scoring of the conversion.

Needless to say, the decision hasn’t gone down well as yet another New Zealand v France clash looks set to be dominated by a refereeing call – which would be a shame as it has been a tremendous contest between two sides really going for it.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.