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Jonathan Kaplan Rates the Refereeing of the Rugby World Cup Quarter-finals

Call It Like It IsJonathan Kaplan, retired referee and author of Call It Like It Is: The Jonathan Kaplan story, has shared his comments on last weekend’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final matches on his website Rate the Ref.

Kaplan calls the New Zealand’s demolition of the French team “the performance of the year”. He says the Irish “made a good fist of it, but ultimately ran out of juice” in their match against the triumphant Argentina.

The last game between Australia and Scotland was, Kaplan says, “clearly the most dramatic”. He comments on the close competition and the dubious decision by referee Craig Joubert to yellow card Scotland in the last few minutes of the game.

Read what he had to say about the South African versus Wales game:

The quarterfinals of the RWC were great spectacles for the rugby nuts around the world, for a variety of reasons.

The first, between SA and Wales was an incredibly tough test match. It won’t go down as a classic of the modern era, but it was tense, it was tactical, and the margin in the end was very small! Whoever lost this match, would have felt desolate, as both teams had clearly put a lot into it. It came down to one moment for the Boks. A simple blindside play, where man-on-man cover was exploited by Vermeulen to send Fourie du Preez over in the corner. Schalk Burger got the MoM award, but in truth it could have gone to Lydiate as well if the Welsh had prevailed.

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