French outraged by Joubert’s performance


In the wake of the 8-7 Rugby World Cup final defeat to the All Blacks, the French public have laid the blame at referee, Craig Joubert’s doorstep.


Shortly after Joubert had brought the curtain down on the tournament, a few French supporters decided to ‘alter’ his French Wikipedia page.

According to Die Volksblad, French tabloid,lescandaleumag, who tweeted the occurrence, some two hours after the match had ended in which the altered Wikipedia insert repeatedly makes reference to Joubert as a ‘cheat’.

“(Sic)  He did not see the mistakes (from the All Blacks). He was undoubtedly single-eyed,” read one of the sections on the page and ended with “VOLEUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUR” (which means ‘thief’ in French).

The French voiced their disgust much in the same manner many South Africans have towards Bryce Lawrence after he took charge of the Springboks’ quarter-final match against Australia which they lost and in so doing, ended their four year reign as the world champions.

The French would have none of it as they started accusing Joubert of failing to notice All Blacks captain, Richie McCaw’s ‘illegal’ actions at the breakdown and that he had gotten away with murder.

McCaw has also been on the end of a fair bit of criticism himself after the French noticed that he had not mentioned his opponents during his post-match interview.

One tweeter, Katie Stellard, tweeted: “(Sic) Victorious Richie McCaw: ‘I’m absolutely shagged.’ Poetry, sheer poetry.”

However, South Africans believe Joubert was outstanding and thought him to be the man-of-the-match.

Wallabies flyhalf, Quade Cooper, who is an avid tweeter, expressed his views of the final online and managed to be quoted on the tournaments official website.

“(Sic) France were great all game, but congrats to the Kiwis for winning the RWC. After 3 RWC’s as favourites it’s good to see them win.”

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  1. And here wed go again, the supporters of the losing team laying into the ref. Can nobody take a loss anymore without blaming the ref. If Tran-Duc’s kick had been over, the French would have won and we would have heard none of this. Maybe the journo’s should not publish this stuff. What is the rugby knowledge of these whingers anyway? Seems anyone who professes to understand one of the more complex sides of rugby (the breakdown) is now free to become an “expert” and lay into the ref. Give the refs a break for goodness sake.

  2. 100% correct

    Joubert in the Ireland / Wales match demonstrated as poor a knowledge of the breakdown area as Bryce lawrence and in particlar at a juncture on 75 minutes the All Blacks literally collapsed onto a tackle area from the side from the side and won a turnover with Joubert and his invisible guide dog just looking on.

    If eams lose close games because of poor refereeing decisions they have every damned right to question the quality of refereeing.

    I fully endorse the French complaint.

    Joubert was awful and clearly intimidates by New Zealand… or well briefed by his little master Paddy Kaalkop NoBrain…

    The voices claiming “good refereeing” or a “fair” contest are nothing but farts against a hurricane of reality…

  3. Reply to out wide @ 11:20 am:

    Unfortunately the ABs only won that match because of a very friendly South African referee.

    Off coarse SARU was also the deciding factor in getting the tournament there in the first place. I wonder if we’ll see some gratitude. Or is this still payback for past favours?

  4. ag kak man once more the french had opportunities.

    Anyone acknowledge the missed kicks by AB’s (8 points in total) long before the French even got into the game? 16-0 for the Ab’s before half time would have put the French way out of contention and the kiwis would have run away with this today.

    this ref blaming is becoming slightly sad. Yes all is not well with refs interpretation but for gods sake teams sometimes just lose because on the day they could not get it right?

  5. Reply to DavidS @ 11:25 pm:

    No-one doubts that refereeing over the past 2 years have gone from bad to worse.

    But why suddenly is it OK to have a go at the ref without having a go at IRB who changed the laws and allowed for this to happen?

    Its like hating McDonalds yet still ordering it and then complaining afterwards? Why dont teams walk off after 40 minutes if the ref is so bad?

    Or do they hope they win and then forget about it all?

  6. Reply to its a 15 man game – embrace it! @ 9:43 am:

    On-field confrontations with the ref are rife at all levels of soccer, particular at pro level – why should rugby be any different, especially given the complexity of the Laws?

    Fortunately for the Powers That Be, there’s usually a get-out clause.

    In my young days, I appeared before the DC a couple of times as captain after having informed the ref that we were playing the rest of the game “under protest”.

    Our protests were always chucked out, even one involving a “goal” when everybody except the ref believed the ball had gone through the side netting. (This is that other game with the round ball, of course.)

    The Get-Out Clause, according to the Laws: “The referee is the sole judge of fact.”

    Incidentally, this is a policy I have applied, with heartwarming success, to my daily existence (substitute “wife” for “referee”).