French referee Jérôme Garcès receives plenty of criticism for his performance in Saturday’s World Cup match between New Zealand and South Africa. The All Blacks beat the Boks 23-13.
This is Garcès third World Cup and he is particularly criticized for his decisions at the breakdowns.
Garcès scored 13 penalties in 80 minutes in Jokohama, with about 75% of it against the Boks.
Also, since the test, several photos and videos have been circulated on social media where both props of the All Blacks, Nepu Laulala and Joe Moody, are pushing elbows against the grass, but they are not punished for it. While several of the All Blacks’ errors remained unpunished, Garcès twice tapped the South African scrum.
Another video that is hotly debated on social media is one where All Black captain Kieran Read intentionally grabs Pieter-Steph du Toit after a line-up to prevent Bok flank Aaron Smith in possession.