Australia-All Blacks. After his fatal mistake, Bernard Foley justifies himself and denies having saved time

Bernard Foley digère très mal la décision arbitrale du Français Mathieu Raynal, lors d
Bernard Foley digests very badly the arbitration decision of the French Mathieu Raynal, during Australia / New Zealand.
Bernard Foley digests very badly the arbitration decision of the French Mathieu Raynal, during Australia / New Zealand. (©Screenshot)

The scene went around the world rugbythis Thursday, September 15, 2022, during the Australia-New Zealand clash in Melbourne. The Wallabies opener, Bernard Foleyback in selection after 3 years of absence, was penalized at the very end of the match by the referee Mathieu Raynal for trying to spin the clock and save time.

An extremely rare sanction in rugby, but the French official has only applied the regulation which states that a player is not allowed to voluntarily gain time, as this is considered an attitude contrary to the game But that is not at all the opinion of the interested party, Bernard Foley, as the Australian fly-half denied having deliberately wasted time and criticized the All Blacks manager, Ian Foster, for his comments “ disappointing”.

“At the end, it was very noisy in the stadium…”

“There was a lot of confusion throughout the match,” Foley justified after the match, as relayed by the Sydney Morning Herald. “I wasn’t trying to slow down, just trying to be really clear and concise about what we were trying to do on the next touch. In the end, it was very noisy in the stadium, but there was no sense in making such a decision. »

Footage from the scene clearly shows Wallabies center Lalakai Foketi, who had just won a crucial penalty, shouting to order his number 10 to kick the ball into touch. “I think Lalakai may have influenced the referee’s reaction,” Foley said, before continuing his justification:

In my dealings with [Raynal]he [me] asked me to hurry up but had turned off the clock. He never told me he turned it back on or that there would be any other repercussions. It was quite noisy in the stadium with 55,000 people. [J’essaie toujours] to digest the whole situation.

Bernard FoleyAustralia fly-half

Foster overwhelms Foley: ‘Part of his game is to listen to the referee’

While several Wallabies legends like Tim Horan and Morgan Turinui said it was the “worst decision” they had ever seen, Australia manager Dave Rennie took a more measured approach in demanding an explanation from World Rugby to justify this penalty which cost the Australians the Bledisloe Cup.

While Rennie was exasperated, his New Zealand counterpart, Ian Foster, insisted Mathieu Raynal’s appeal was “very clear” and that Foley had been given ample warning. “They were delaying the kick,” he told reporters, then damning Bernard Foley. “He (Raynal) said restart play. He warned him then he said ‘restart time’ and then he said speed up, then he said again ‘restart play’. Then he asked her twice to hit him. I understand there is controversy about this, but part of managing your game is to listen to the referee,” he added. “So when the referee says ‘restart play’, you have to play. I saw it there. I heard very clearly what the referee said.” Asked about his statements, Foley said he was surprised. ” I saw [son] comment. Talking in this regard is a bit disappointing. »

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