FAST FOR­WARD

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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.

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