Referees say it's knowing when to show the yellow card that
troubles them. But history paints a different picture - one
where officials over the years have made incredibly bad
decisions of when and when not to show the red card.
It's perhaps fitting that the Warriors spoiled Benji
Marshall's farewell at Leichhardt last Friday night, as they
were the club that probably precipitated his downward spiral
in form more than any other.
Richie McCaw will probably start next week's semifinal on the
bench but his contribution to the Crusaders is expected to be
huge as he guides them through one of their biggest weeks of
preparation in years.
This town might not be big enough for the both of them. Ma'a
Nonu's dithering about recommitting to New Zealand could be a
direct consequence of Sonny Bill Williams' mooted return to
these shores - and to the 15-man code.