We all know this story. It has been told many times before but how can a list of iconic moments between France and New Zealand avoid including The Forward Pass from the World Cup quarterfinal in 2007?
It has to be in here so the story has to be told one more time. And who knows, there may be a New Zealander somewhere who doesn’t know what happened.
Cut a long story short, France threw the ball a good metre forward in the build-up to the second, and as it turned out, winning try they scored in that quarterfinal.
And when we saw a metre forward we really mean two. Yet rookie referee Wayne Barnes didn’t see it and nor did either of the assistant referees and so the score stood and out went the All Blacks.
A whole heap of things were said in the aftermath but the two most memorable were coach Graham Henry’s claim that he suspected match-fixing and Anton Oliver’s over the top statement about how the players were feeling.
“The feeling in the shed is like no-man’s land as it’s described in those two books. There’s a sort of desolate decay and the smell of death,” said Oliver.
“That’s what it feels like to us. It feels like no-man’s land and it’s not a nice place to be.”
BIG MISS It was incredible that none of the match o cials saw the forward pass.