Inverdale argues that, logically, it would technically be possible for a team to take the lead in the first minute of the match and then play this possession game for the remaining 79 minutes. Technically possible, maybe, but hardly physically possible - it looks like bloody hard work for a start - and in all honestly I can't see what all the fuss is about. Teams often used to protect a lead by wellying the ball as far as possible down the field and make the opposition attack from deep late in the game, trusting in their defence to close the game out - the fact that teams now instead trust in their own ability to retain possession isn't such a bad thing.
It's no different from a soccer team playing 'keep-ball' late in the game to protect a lead - there's absolutely no obligation on a team to offer up opportunities to win the game to the opposition.
If we're not careful, whinges like these will lead to referees deciding to spot invisible offences to give the defending side one last chance or, heaven forbid, the IRB deciding to introduce another pointless law to "improve" the game (what price the "six tackle" rule?).
Come on Invers, get a grip!