With the penalty count 3 times as high and 2 or 3 yellow cards, I would definitely not say the referee turned a blind eye. I mean...he did penalize them...3 times as much. Besides this you have to remember penalizable offences take place all over the field and only part of the penalties are for foul play. »
I guess the AB's deserved their win but the scoreline is actually a little bit flattering. I thought the Irish were pretty much in it but NZ were just a little more clinical. Nevertheless Ireland deserve just as much praise.