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Craig Joubert - RWC 2011 Final - New Zealand V France - Post Match Analysis on the Referee

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Uploaded on Nov 25, 2011

Craig Joubert is a South African professional rugby union referee. He has officiated at international level since 2003 with the 2011 Rugby World Cup Final being his most profile match.

It is Widely accepted by international observers that Joubert has gifted the RWC2011 final to New Zealand by failing to penalize the All Blacks.

Some of Craig Joubert's feats:
The Guardian: "...few free gifts from a referee who spent the first half infuriating even neutrals by giving virtually every decision to the men in black..."

Irish Times: "Joubert's reluctance to make the hard calls facilitated New Zealand's victory on a night when they were second best to France"

Scotsman: "Williams slams performance of World Cup ref Joubert"
"The World Cup was decided on non-refereeing decisions. It has got to be fair for both sides."


RWC2011 final: After play had been allowed to continue for nearly two minutes while the outhalf Morgan Parra was receiving treatment for a head injury by McCaw of New Zealand, Joubert called a halt while Aaron Cruden received lengthy treatment after twisting a knee.

RWC2011 final: Many of the penalties for France were in their half, Joubert seemed to have ignored ones in kickable places

* This is London, Jason Cowley: "South African Craig Joubert seemed to me to favour the home side in most of the marginal decisions"

* Irish Independent: "Craig Joubert did not referee evenly and it was the home side that benefited -- some of the decisions were disgraceful for a game of this magnitude."

Australia - Sydney Morning Herald - 12th minutes into the game - Live coverage: "New Zealand are getting away with a few here. McCaw is all over the ball off his feet in the breakdown, and they are sneaking offside on the fringes. Joubert needs to have a word to keep this a fair contest."

Let's see what the mighty All Blacks have said of the French after the match:

Piri Weepu: "It was extraordinary. The French team came out to play and they definitely did that. They showed what they were capable of"

Brad Thorn: "They should be so proud of themselves, those Frenchmen."

Israel Dagg: "It was World War Three out there. France put everything on the line and they played the whole 80 minutes."

McCaw: "We had to dig as deep as we've ever dug before
"We couldn't have been under more pressure there"

In conclusion, we are far from the promised humiliation.

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