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Referee John Lacey slammed on Twitter after another controversial New Zealand victory

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Referee John Lacey has been blasted for allowing a controversial New Zealand try to stand in their third Test against France this morning.

The All Blacks completed the series sweep against the French with a 42-14 victory, with half-back Damian McKenzie contributing a match-winning 24 points, crossing the line twice and converting seven times.

But with the scores level 14 all come the half-hour mark, controversy arose in quick fashion when referee Lacey appeared to block France's Baptiste Serin, which allowed McKenzie to steamroll home for his first try of the game - scroll further down the page to see the video.

France boss Jacques Brunel and his players erupted, protesting the decision heavily enough to earn a TMO (Television Match Official) decision, but incredibly, the try was still awarded.

"Are you happy John?" The words of the TMO overheard, to which John simply replied: "Yeah."

What's more infuriating for the French though, is that all three New Zealand victories in the series have been pivotal on a refereeing decision.

During the first Test, France's Remy Grosso suffered a double face fracture after receiving a double hit from All Blacks pair Sam Cane and Ofa Tu'ungafas. Unbelievably though, neither player for New Zealand was shown a card.

In the second test, Bejamin Hall of France was shown a controversial straight red card which was later rescinded by World Rugby, for an alleged aerial challenge on New Zealand's Beauden Barrett.

People don't hold back on social media these days, and the savages were out for John Lacey on Twitter. The Irishman has been lamented by not only the French contingency, but by the general Rugby Union community, who claim it's not the first time that he made such blunders.

Here's how rugby fans reacted on Twitter:

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