Laporte happy with referee in All Blacks game

10th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

10 October 2007, MARCOUSSIS (AFP) - France coach Bernard Laporte said he was "happy" with the refereeing of Englishman Wayne Barnes during the French side's shock quarter-final win over New Zealand.

10 October 2007

MARCOUSSIS (AFP) - France coach Bernard Laporte said he was "happy" with the refereeing of Englishman Wayne Barnes during the French side's shock quarter-final win over New Zealand.

Barnes yellow-carded All Blacks centre Luke McAlister at a crucial moment of the game and also missed a blatant forward pass in the move that brought France the match-winning try in their 20-18 triumph.

Barnes, the youngest referee at the World Cup at 28, reportedly received death threats on internet sites but has been fully backed by the IRB referees' manager Paddy O'Brien, himself a New Zealander.

"We don't say that he shouldn't have blown up one of two more penalties (against France)," said Laporte.

"It's not at all that, but we're happy that certain New Zealand players who are rarely blown up were this time."

Last November, Laporte accused All Blacks captain and flanker Richie McCaw of being indulged by referees and not being penalised as much as he should be for fouls in broken play.

France manager Jo Maso said Barnes' refereeing had been "impeccable", hailing the "individual and collective capability (of the French players) to play in a way that did not incur penalties".

"When you look at how we we win matches, it's often like that," said Maso. "Bernard has insisted since the tournament's start on that."

AFP

Subject: French news

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