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Leaked sky cam footage reveals full extent of what Mathieu Raynal told Bernard Foley

By Sam Smith
(Source/Stan Sport)

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Leaked sky cam footage with the full on-field audio has surfaced online which details exactly what referee Mathieu Raynal told Wallaby flyhalf Bernard Foley before one of test rugby’s most controversial endings.


The video is a unique perspective which sheds light on why Raynal was prepared to call for a scrum to handover possession to the All Blacks with only a couple of minutes left in the test.

The audio shows the full exchange and how Raynal directed Foley to play the ball once he restarted the clock.

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The Wallaby flyhalf mistakingly thought that time was off and as such was not time wasting.

“Play on please, we play,” Raynal told Foley.

“We play. [Whistle blows]. Time off.

“We play. [Foley protests]. No, no.


“I will switch on the time, and we play now.

“[Whistle blows]. Time on.”

After restarting the clock, Foley is hurried up by Raynal after five seconds who shouts “10!” then after more delay calls for an All Black scrum.

Foley tries to plead his case repeating “time if off, sir, time is off!” six or seven times after the scrum was awarded.


The misunderstanding by Foley did not fall in Australia’s favour when the All Blacks scored the winning try moments later.

The new footage also shows both All Blacks players and Wallabies players with arms in the air frustrated with the delay, with other players aware of the warnings that had been issued by Raynal.

Foley’s lack of awareness to the referee instructions was demonstrated when he tried to recall what had happened in his press conference the day after.

“There was a bit of confusion just in terms of personnel on the field for us, just trying to get a call, it was pretty loud in the stadium last night,” Foley said.

“My conversation with him was that he told me to hurry up but that time was off. He didn’t really mention that there was going to be any further action then starting the clock.”

The new footage does in fact detail Raynal blowing the whistle and then declaring time back on much to Foley’s surprise.

Had Foley just kicked the ball into touch and absolved his side of possession of the ball, the forwards could have milked more time off the clock walking to the lineout instead.

If they were called for delaying the game at the lineout, the All Blacks would have had possession much further up the field and would have been less likely to score a try.


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