Now for the inquests, but does anyone, anywhere know the rules of rugby union?

Scotland's Sean Maitland (centre) is left dejected after his team went out following a controversial decision. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire.
Scotland's Sean Maitland (centre) is left dejected after his team went out following a controversial decision. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire.
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It could be worse, we could be French.

Not that that will stop us and the rest of the northern hemisphere rugby nations - including our battered Gallic chums - from tearing ourselves apart in another fit of post-tournament rending of garments.

“We’re **** and we know we are”, is the popular football chant at such times but I don’t know if rugby fans are that predictable or the teams that bad.

As usual it’s all down to fine margins, tactics and individual errors and the underlying quality levels that make all those things happen.

But what is it with rugby referees?

We moan constantly about football referees not seeing this or not awarding that but at least we sort of know they are all trying to do the same thing.

Clearly my ignorant and disrespectful challenging of sporting authority is a sure sign I’m not a rugby union man but one tainted by the whining culture of association football.

I can’t argue with that but something has to be said.

Rugby union referees all seem to have their own rules.

It’s not that they see games differently and make decisions based on common and agreed laws.

Look at Scotland’s exit against Australia.

They make it up as they go along don’t they?

Players who defy crippling injuries and smashed faces by putting their heads, hands and hearts where it hurts very much indeed are regularly reduced to steaming, puzzled hulks glowering in bewilderment at the whim of yet another smug and headmasterly referee.

Every game has a ‘spot the mystery rule’ episode where referees defy pundits, statute and logic itself to come up with another reason to give a penalty.

Does anyone, anywhere know what the rules are?

Rules on collapsing a scrum, handling the ball while on the floor and offside appear to be different every time a decision is made, never mind every game.

They have TV replays and refs with microphones and still no-one knows what’s going on.

The All-Blacks - the daleks of world sport - will most probably crush all in their path on the way to winning it just as experts said they would.

Unless they get a particularly tetchy northern hemisphere referee who doesn’t like the way they did that third movement in the pre-game Haka…