Apropos of tonight’s game:
A rugby referee died and went to heaven.
Stopped by St Peter at the gates he was told that only brave people who had performed heroic deeds and had the courage of their convictions could enter.
If he could describe a situation in his life where he had shown these characteristics, he would be allowed in.
“Well,” said the ref, “I was controlling a Bledisloe Cup game between the All Blacks and Wallabies in Christchurch.
“New Zealand was four points ahead with a minute to go. James O’Connor made a break, passed to Drew Mitchell. Mitchell was driven on by his forwards, before he passed out to Kurtley Beale who passed back to Rocky Elsom who went over in the corner.
“But it was a cold evening, the ball was slippery and Elsom fumbled as he went down. It was a 50/50 call on whether he’d grounded it. As Australia was clearly the better side all game, I ruled that he had got it down and awarded the try.”
“Ok, that was fairly brave of you, but I will have to check it in the book,” said Peter, before disappearing to look it up.
When he came back he said: “Sorry, there’s no record of this. Can you help me to trace it? When did all this happen?”
The ref looked at his watch and replied: “Forty-five seconds ago.”