Blame is too harsh a word after the heroics of yesterday by all the players.
But I haven't heard anyone mention a small detail that could have altered the outcome.
Interestingly, before the Fiji v Samoa match at HJ I attended a QA with Freddy Fittler answering questions, and one was who he thought would win the RLWC and why. He argued there was very little between the 3 teams but what he considered to be an advantage for Australia was the kicking game of Cooper Cronk and JT. As he said these guys always nail the right kick at the right time. I thought about how prophetic this was when NZ got possession for the last set of the match when I was screaming for the ball to be kicked into touch.
On about 78:30 England got to the last tackle on just about the 1/2 way and, for me, Sinfield chose the wrong kick option. The ball should have been in to touch on the right of the pitch or kicked dead in goal. A scrum would have wasted 20 seconds, it would also have allowed England to get some air in the lungs and to gather thoughts for a final minute. In my opinion if he takes the correct kick option the kiwis wouldn't even have had a full set of 6 to score. I think CC/JT would have nailed this kick had Australia been in this position.
On such things to games get away.
Absolutely brilliant point. I was shouting at the TV telling them to do just that.