In the Samoa match, Owen Farrell achieved the milestone of surpassing Jonny Wilkinson’s all-time highest point-scoring record for England.
Nonetheless, a notable section of the audience is left puzzled by the legitimacy of the final result, as it seemed that he kicked the ball for a penalty during the first half after the shot clock had already reached zero.
Farrell was penalised for allowing the shot clock to hit zero in the second half. However, the penalty he avoided in the opening 40 minutes ultimately played a decisive role in England’s one-point victory.
One fan wrote: “He was always going to hit the milestone tonight, but surely Farrell was timed out there?”
Another said: “Why was the Owen Farrell penalty allowed when he kicked the ball after the clock turned 0 secs? Genuine question>”
A third commented: “I confess I don’t really know the rules of RWC rugby. But Farrell clearly kicked the ball after the clock hit 0.”
“Farrell overtakes Wilkinson’s place as all-time leading scorer for England and congratulations to him, although to be accurate, the shot clock was at 0 before he kicked”
Another said: “B***ocks. Replay the game,”
The 30 best rugby players in the world have been ranked, Owen Farrell 29th
#30. Dan Sheehan (Ireland)
A rising Irish hooker known for his powerful scrummaging and dynamic play in open field. Sheehan’s agility and tackling prowess make him a vital asset in set pieces and loose play alike, hinting at a promising future in international rugby
#29. Owen Farrell (England)
England’s steadfast captain and fly-half, Farrell’s tactical brilliance and accurate kicking guide his team’s gameplay. Renowned for his leadership, his defensive grit and ability to control the game’s pace make him a linchpin in England’s rugby strategy.
Wales Online wrote: “The 31-year-old has been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons recently but is a player you’d rather play with than against. Farrell is a natural leader of men, and will play a crucial role if England are to drag themselves out of the rut they find themselves in.”
#28. Thibaud Flament (France)
A versatile lock for France, Flament’s towering presence in the lineout and ferocious work rate define his style. With his strong carrying and breakdown skills, he is a force to be reckoned with in both set-piece dominance and open-field encounters.
#27. Shannon Frizell (New Zealand)
Frizzell’s imposing physique and aggressive ball-carrying mark him as a formidable All Black flanker. His offloading ability, coupled with his defensive prowess, cements his position as a player who consistently makes his presence felt on the field.
#26. Steven Kitshoff (South Africa)
An anchor of the Springboks’ scrum, Kitshoff’s experience and technical expertise are unmatched. His exceptional work rate and relentless tackling contribute to his reputation as a reliable front-row stalwart, key to South Africa’s forward dominance.