A disgruntled rugby public spent the weekend contemplating how what should have been a top-class clash between the world's two best rugby nations was ruined by a bungling referee who handed the All Blacks a hollow 29-15 victory over the Springboks at Eden Park in Auckland.
A monstrous, but perfectly legal, tackle by Bismarck du Plessis was not only penalised by Frenchman Romain Poite but was also deemed worthy of a yellow card in the 16th minute, immediately forcing the Springboks to play catch-up at the All Blacks' favourite venue.
The awful decision would have even more serious ramifications two minutes into the second half when Poite issued another marginal yellow card to the Springbok hooker and best player, which was therefore upgraded to a red card.
Poite is a 38-year-old referee who is not particularly highly regarded by anyone except the International Rugby Board (IRB) referees panel - which is managed by fellow Frenchman Joel Jutge. Last November he even managed to start a French Top 14 game by getting in the way of the kickoff!
He was also the referee for the Springboks' Test in June against Scotland in Nelspruit, where he allowed a free-for-all...