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    I thought JG had blown it after the Wales RSA game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishref View Post
    So proof that form is not the key factor for refs during a World Cup tournament?
    I think JG and WB went into the RWC as clear favourites to get the final, and NO, tbh, headed for QF slot only.

    NO has performed above par, JG (for me) below par, but this hasn't been enough - in the minds of WR - to reverse the pre tournament standings

    I don't think it's a simple case of buggins turn

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    Quote Originally Posted by crossref View Post
    I think JG and WB went into the RWC as clear favourites to get the final, and NO, tbh, headed for QF slot only.

    NO has performed above par, JG (for me) below par, but this hasn't been enough - in the minds of WR - to reverse the pre tournament standings

    I don't think it's a simple case of buggins turn
    So may I take this to read that you agree that current form is not the key factor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishref View Post
    So may I take this to read that you agree that current form is not the key factor?
    I think it's a balance of current form and form over last twelve months .

    I think my assessment of both may be different from WR !

    I think NO put in a very noticeable effort, starting twelve months ago, at a run at the RWC final.
    All the YouTube witticisms disappeared
    He has got fitter again (at 46 that's some achievement) and while still not the fittest ref he is fit enough
    He has got his in game focus back.
    He is maximising the advantages his experience gives him .. Viz he has been impressively calm, assured and composed
    He didn't FU

    He so nearly got a second final !

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    Breaking news...

    Nigel Owens, the Welsh referee, was not considered to referee the World Cup final because of a calf injury he sustained while officiating England’s stunning 19-7 semi-final victory over New Zealand at the International Stadium Yokohama, Telegraph Sport can reveal.
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/rugby-wo...referee-rugby/

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    Garces is a good referee but I think he can help his cause by setting his stall out early and enforcing off-side lines (generally poor from all RWC offcials) and making it clear what he will tolerate at the breakdown. Good luck to him, I hope his contribution to the final isn't decisive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timmad View Post
    ........, I hope his contribution to the final isn't decisive.
    I sincerely hope his contribution IS decisive!!

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    Sorry if I didn't express myself very well. Agree he needs to be decisive in all he does, however I hope he achieves the aim of many good refs in being hardly noticed during the match.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timmad View Post
    Sorry if I didn't express myself very well. Agree he needs to be decisive in all he does, however I hope he achieves the aim of many good refs in being hardly noticed during the match.
    Indeed👌

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