Of all the fixtures in the Rugby World Cup, nothing has given us more thrills and spills than the clashes of France and New Zealand.
This Saturday night, the sides meet in Cardiff, to renew one of the great rivalries in sport. It is a return to the scene of the 2007 quarter-final, when France famously eliminated the All-Blacks.
The Kiwis exacted revenge four years on the 2011 showpiece, winning on a scoreline of 8-7. However, it wouldn’t be a classic France-New Zealand game without a refereeing debate.
While many New Zealanders are still sour over Wayne Barnes’ display in 2007, Craig Joubert’s officiating in the 2011 final has also come under much scrutiny. The South African officiator made some debatable calls as France chased the game and their first ever Webb Ellis Trophy.
Here, ex-Scotland coach Matt Williams discusses the refereeing display with former Ireland second-row Neil Francis, and both are in agreement that Joubert made a string of wrong decisions.
Damning evidence indeed. Thanks to Youtube user tickleboy101 for the video.