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Even soccer fans are left bewildered by rugby’s weird time wasting call

The Wallabies were leading 37-34 with 90 seconds to go in the first Bledisloe Cup game between New Zealand and Australia at Marvel Stadium when referee Mathieu Raynal penalised the Wallabies flyhalf, Bernard Foley, for timewasting underneath his own posts.

The All Blacks capitalised on the call, with Jordie Barrett crossing over after the siren to win the game by 37-39. In the post-game coverage, Australia coach Dave Rennie “reserved comment” when asked if it was the “one of the worst calls he’s ever seen.” As rugby’s popularity in Australia wanes, I cannot help but feel that the sport has been let down by yet another controversial call on its biggest stage.

I will caveat what I am about to write by saying I am predominantly…


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