Rugby Championship.  Mathieu Raynal is still the All Blacks-Australia referee after his controversial decision

Rugby Championship. Mathieu Raynal is still the All Blacks-Australia referee after his controversial decision

French referee Mathieu Raynal will once again officiate during the All Blacks-Australia. Still, he’ll be on the sidelines. (© Icon Sports)

It’s a rather comical situation: a week after a rare decision was made at the very end of a match during Australia-All Blacks in Melbourne, counting down to 5E day Rugby ChampionshipFrench referee Mathieu Raynal will be in action again this Saturday 24 September 2022 in Auckland for the return leg between the two teams on the final day of the competition.

Mathieu Raynal will be sidelined this time

However, unlike the previous opus, during which he punished the Australian Bernard Foley for saving time in the final seconds of the match, Mathieu Raynal will not be the center referee. He will be on the sidelines assisting Ireland’s Andrew Brace.

Facing the press, Wallabies Jake Gordon and Jed Holloway admitted they were still angry at Mathieu Raynal as they believed they lost “unfairly”. The All Blacks benefited from a 5m scrum after being penalized and took the opportunity to score Jordie Barrett’s winning try. A decision that got people talking, the Australian press gave everything to shine a light on Mathieu Raynal.

World Rugby named Mathieu Raynal long before the match

It should be remembered that the appointment of Mathieu Raynal did not happen during the week. This has been the case for some time (before the start of the competition) and World Rugby has not decided to withdraw the French referee, despite a complaint by the Australian Rugby Federation asking for an explanation of the decision at the end of the match.

Also note that the quartet that will decide the return leg in Auckland this Saturday is the same that was present in Melbourne for the win over the All Blacks (37-39). The only difference is that this time Mathieu Raynal will be on the wing and Andrew Brace will be in the middle. Frenchman Pierre Brousset will be the second linesman and Welshman Ben Whitehouse, who caught Darcy Swain’s dangerous / scandalous gesture on Quinn Tupae, remains on video.

Frustration “to be directed” for Australia

“I admit that I was nervous in the dressing room after the match. But now I’m looking forward to Saturday,” said second row Jed Holloway. “Our frustration with this decision, we have to channel it. We are still bitter about how we lost, but we have to do the right thing. We have to control what we can, no matter how sensitive Mathieu Raynal is. If we play well for 80 minutes, I’m sure we’ll get a good result,” continued Jake Gordon.

At the dawn of the final day of the Rugby Championship, Australia are 3E rankings, the All Blacks first but with the same number of points as South Africa.

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