Ellis Park, 2013 was Nigel Owens' favourite Test

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    13 Apr 2017     Getty Images

The man who refereed the last World Cup final, when New Zealand beat Australia at Twickenham was responding to questions on the website.

The 76-Test referee said the game was the Championship decider which the Springboks needed to win with a bonus point to claim the title while the All Blacks needed a losing bonus point to deny them at a packed Ellis Park.


Both side had everything to play for, and they played that way.

"That's what convinced me the bonus point system can make a difference…though it didn't really do that in the Six Nations this year," he said.

The All Blacks scored five tries to four and the game was a central part of their unbeaten run in Test rugby that season.

"Four weeks after that I reffed Ireland v New Zealand in Dublin which was the second best," he said.

Asked how he goes about dealing with a mistake he might have made on a rare occasion, Owens said it was impossible to referee a game of rugby without making a mistake.

"The better you are, the less mistakes you make and most of the time the ones you do make don't really matter in the whole context of the game and the result.

"But with the big screens in the stadiums these days you sometimes see you have made a mistake. This is when you earn your worth as a referee because you need to park that decision and not let it affect the rest of your game.

"If you do, and you try to even it up, then that is the end of you as a referee. I have seen a couple of referees in the past do this and their careers have then come to an end," he said.

Owens said he had no plans to retire yet, but when he did he would like to stay in the game and put something back in because he had so much out of rugby.