Monday, October 22, 2007

Rugby World Cup Final

Africa beat defending champion England 15-6 Saturday in the Rugby World Cup final in Saint-Denis, France. All the points came on penalty kicks. Percy Montgomery was 4 for 4 on kicks to lead South Africa. Jonny Wilkinson had two for England. Was the match a bit lack-luster for the stage it was on? Even though it was much closer than many expected as opposed to the 36-0 drubbing handed down by South Africa earlier in the year, but Wilkinson didn't play in that game, was that the difference?

Either way, most of the conversation has been about the controversial call that could have pulled the match much closer. Dickinson, the video judge at the centre of the Rugby World Cup final controversy over Mark Cueto's disallowed try, yesterday defended his decision by stating the video clearly justified his decision. Had the 42nd-minute score been allowed to stand, England would have narrowed South Africa's 9-3 lead to a point. What’s your position on the call? Would it have changed the outcome?