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All Blacks proud of brave 14-man effort that almost won them World Cup final

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@Haaa Nemui

Yes correct. This is why rugby is such an amazing sport.

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@fatrainfallingintheforest

Yeah. Poms love to see the All Blacks lose, don't they? And no crying from them after their semi with SA was there?

I would have enjoyed the result either way. I've got no skin in the game with either of these teams. What I can't stand is the whining and if, buts & maybes from the losing side's pundits and fans; whether that be England NZ or any other side.

Yeah was really gutted that England lost and said so. But the better team won on that day too, and I admitted it. I was at the game and loved it. It was a brilliant semi final. A real war of attrition. Some people thought it was boring, but for a rugby purist it was insanely good.

Rugby is all about taking a loss on the chin, accepting it and not bitching and moaning and blaming others about it. It's about respecting and congratulating your opposition no matter the result. Those are rugby values and I'm really sad that people seem to be moving away from this.

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SA out muscled AB's on the field with immense defence 

Agree with everything you’ve said except this. They conceded their only ever try in a World Cup final against 14 men. Defensively and offensively, the ABs were a monster. Mistakes were made, the best team won. A different day it could have gone the other way.

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From someone else i know:

Here are the facts that need to be understood, swallowed and digested. The best team did not lose, the best team won. That’s how it works.

AB's had 61% possession but failed to convert it into points

There is no referee conspiracy

There is no bribery and corruption

AB's missed 2 kicks - SA missed 0

AB's got 1 yellow card and 1 Red

SA got 2 yellow cards

SA out muscled AB's on the field with immense defence

AB's confidently decided to kick for the corner when points were on offer

AB's made numerous handling errors

AB's ill discipline cost them at vital moments

Some calls didn’t go AB's way but that’s rugby and it happens

Some calls didn’t go SA's way either

Certain decisions cost AB's big

AB's have no one to blame but the AB's. It’s time to get honest and clear with themselves, admit they lost fair and square and congratulate their old foe and leave it at that. It was a hell of a battle. Take the loss on the chin and move on. That is Rugby.

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Likely this game will be remember for the controversy of the poor officiating

Nonsense. Wayne Barnes had an excellent game. This has been picked over since and his reffing was exceptional.

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Of course, it's coincidental that the UK based officiating team, appointed by the UK based governing body, were instrumental in the victory of the team with poorer odds at the bookies.

Come on, let's not go down the conspiracy road.

The match officials were too whistle and card happy in my mind - but that went against both teams. Yes - red cards usually ruin a game, and the supposed Cane transgression should have been sorted out post-game as Israel Dagg stated in his comments.

It was a poor spectacle - but I'm not gonna go down the match fixing road.

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Likely this game will be remember for the controversy of the poor officiating and the constant interference of the TMO. 

The referee can only follow the rules. When he gets called by the TMO crew to look at something, he has to look. Even when the "dangerous" tackle was not noticed by the player tackled or his team or the ref. I think the rugby authorities are going to have a re-think on some of the rule changes. Deliberate dangerous play should be a red but an accidental contact not resulting in injury should not.

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Likely this game will be remember for the controversy of the poor officiating and the constant interference of the TMO. Whilst the WC often doesn't have the best team win the tournament - usually the best team at least wins the final. Rugby has a serious issue with how cards are inconsistently applied and the parameters by which the TMOP can interfere with the game.

A poor result for the game.

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I still believe the best team won - and I was heavily tipping the Kiwis.

I actually picked SA by 12 or under, but it was much closer than I expected. Ultimately, yes, the Boks were the better team, but had it been played without the card incidents... I think it could have gone either way. ABs made some poor moves, and so did SA. Mo'unga needs to get his kicks right and that would have basically sealed it for the ABs, but had any of Pollard's drop goals gone over it would have ended the ABs as well... a lot of ifs, a lot of speculation... doesn't change my opinion... these two teams, both of them, were a notch above everybody else. SA edging NZ.

I was disappointed that Damian McKenzie was only brought on minutes before the end. With a rugby brain that knows how to get points he can be a game-changer. Was he not fit? Or was this a strategic error?

I don't know what they were thinking either. When he came on, you could see how hungry he was, you could see the impact he was having, but he wasn't given enough time. The management definitely dropped the ball there. I agree.

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I was disappointed that Damian McKenzie was only brought on minutes before the end. With a rugby brain that knows how to get points he can be a game-changer. Was he not fit? Or was this a strategic error?

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I still believe the best team won - and I was heavily tipping the Kiwis.

Remember the Saffers had their only hooker illegally taken out of the game and had to make do for most of it with a backrower throwing lineouts. The Boks just know how to grind out wins - not pretty, not exciting, but they are a machine.

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It was an immense effort. To keep the springboks scoreless in the second half, scoring points of their own, all while playing with 14. That’s huge. When Kolbe was taken off for his deliberate knock on, he knew exactly what that meant. The springboks, although deserved winners, they really were very lucky to finish 1 point up.

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