Those French players relatively politely questioned the referee for, perhaps a few seconds, then shut the #### up and got on with the game. As always happens in rugby. I think it's an element of the game which is creditable and to be admired.
They do cheat of course. But nowhere near on the scale of football players. They throw their arms up in the air like some kind of ####ing disco dance every time the ball flies into touch for example. They don't whinge about EVERY SINGLE SODDING DECISION. They're not forever in the referees face.
I don't understand the sport at all. I know the latter parts of these tournaments are pretty exciting. And I do like how they'll ask the ref the question, the ref will answer, and on they go. All politely. All civilised. Like proper human beings in all honesty rather than thugs and, dare I use a Freddism, "morons".
Another thing. The referees seem far more engaging with the players in rugby. I've noted how they are always shouting instructions to players. For example when a guy wants to get stuck into a maul and the ref shouts "no don't do that" and so forth. Getting more of a picture of this as they seem to be microphoned up more.
I still prefer football. It's a better game. But, it could be so much better and, also on a societal level, I really do think it has a lot to answer for.
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