Peyper rates All Blacks Test as a career highlight

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New Zealand won the Test 30-15, drew the second Test 15-15 and lost the third Test 21-24.

He told, "The intensity and how the series unfolded from there, with the drama in the second Test, the Sonny Bill Williams red [card] and the draw in the third Test was the quality of the teams, the build-up and the actual quality on the day; how good the Test was.

"In terms of intensity, another would probably be the opening [2023] World Cup game between France and New Zealand.

"Both were firmly in the top three in terms of favourites for the World Cup. That was an incredible environment and a great Test match."

The lawyer said the World Cup opener was also an example of the negativity referees have to deal with now.

"When teams lose, referees are blamed, often by the teams or the fans – I won't miss that.

"It was always a big challenge to overcome that or see what I could fix.

"[In that game] I walked away being seen by them as a really good referee with a good feel for the game.

"But that was only because in the last 20 minutes, they [the French] got their act together, played proper rugby and scored the tries they needed to score.

"In the first 40 minutes, they were down; I didn't do anything different [in the second half], but up to that point, I was jeered and whistled at.

"But when their team got their act together, I was seen as really fair and balanced.

"I won't miss that about rugby."


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