The New Zealand press bitterly known as out South Africa for his or her perceived gamesmanship through the Rugby World Cup remaining.
An NZ Herald headline bemoaned “Effectively completed to South Africa, the most effective at not enjoying rugby” and encapsulated the temper among the many nation’s media.
Within the piece, columnist Paul Lewis observes: “Firstly: South Africa received it honest and sq..Secondly: South Africa are higher at not enjoying rugby than the All Blacks are at enjoying rugby.Thirdly: the game of rugby should raise itself out of this depressing morass of sophisticated guidelines which result in a band of officers turning into the important thing affect, not the gamers or the precise play.”
The piece continues: “As South Africa have constantly proven, it’s typically higher to play with out the ball relatively than to run and go it. How unhappy is that? How ridiculous?
“The All Blacks selected to make use of their common attacking, ball-in-hand technique, even all the way down to 14 males, and nonetheless may have received it had that lengthy Jordie Barrett penalty try gone over, as it might have on a distinct day. However the percentages received. Once more.
“Actually, this was the one one of many Boks’ 4 World Cup finals wherein a strive was scored towards them – and so they have solely as soon as (2019) scored a strive within the remaining themselves. Says rather a lot, doesn’t it?”