Twitter’s trending topics tells the story.
Here’s what’s trending in New Zealand this morning:
And in France:
Craig Joubert was the referee in last night’s Rugby World Cup final. “ARBITRE DE MERDE?” Well, arbitre means referee. You can guess the rest.
After the 2007 All Black capitulation at the hands of France in Cardiff, referee Wayne Barnes’s performance with the whistle was exhaustively picked over – and sometimes vilified – by New Zealand analysts.
This time around, Joubert merited hardly a word – in New Zealand at least.
You wouldn’t have learned that the opposition were cursing reffing decisions from the two-hour aural victory parade that was the Morning Report special.
The only mention of the referee in Wynne Gray’s report for the New Zealand Herald was this:
Eventually referee Craig Joubert stilled their nerves and those of the whole country when he signalled the end of a chilling contest.
Not a peep about refereeing in Stuff.co.nz’s leading report, either.
(Update, 12.20pm, 24 Oct: Stuff have just posted a piece rounding up the criticisms of Joubert.)
In the foreign press, however, the Joubert’s role comes in for considerable scrutiny. The Herald and Stuff have roundups of foreign coverage, but this, from Arnaud Coudry at Figaro’s rugby blog, is typical of the French press reaction:
The South African referee Craig Joubert has left French fans sickened. After playing 15 against 14 in the Wales game, les Bleus this time had 15 against 16. Just how offside was Richie McCaw? Throughout the game, the flanker enjoyed a staggering impunity.