After their loss to the All Blacks in Wellington, Springbok lock Victor Matfield said that “”It seems as if they are untouchable. The refs allow them to get away with murder. … I cannot say much about the ref (Alain Rolland), because I will get into trouble. But there were a few times on attack when we struggled to play because our ball was deliberately slowed down.” Just whingeing, or did Victor have a point? I decided to take a close look at the All Blacks’ “rules of engagement” at the breakdown.
This is my first video blog, so it’s pretty rough in places. But I think it raises some useful questions. Such as: is Richie a cheat or a genius? What part of “offside” doesn’t Owen Franks understand? And is Alain Rolland the plaything of Beelzebub? You be the judge.