Wallabies cry foul after defeat by All Blacks

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Wallabies coach Michael complains about referee Romain Poite after 29-9 defeat by All Blacks in Rugby Championship

Wallabies cry foul after defeat by All Blacks

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1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WALLABIES COACH, MICHAEL CHEIKA, SAYING:

“I was bitterly disappointed to be honest. I’m on record with the referees’ boss Alain Rolland about the treatment to our captain and to our players by Romain Poite and also by Nigel Owens over this last year. I’m not quite sure why, I’m not quite sure why. There was a time there in the game in a break in play when the national captain of Australia was asking the referee ‘when might be an opportunity for me to talk to you’ and he just absolutely ignored him. He’s got the whistle I understand but there’s a place where that guy has an opportunity, the captain has an opportunity to speak to the referee. The referee might not like the captain personally, that might be his prerogative, but he has to afford him that opportunity if he is affording it to his opponents.”

2. CHEIKA AND WALLABIES CAPTAIN STEPHEN MOORE

3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WALLABIES COACH, MICHAEL CHEIKA, SAYING:

“It’s got to be dealt with because that can’t be going on that the opponent can have every player discussing with the referee and no-one’s saying anything bad to him. If they’ve got predetermined position on our players. I asked Alain Rolland, I saw him last week in Sydney and he said ‘no, that’s a surprise to me if it is’ you know but it’s pretty blatant to anyone listening to the ref’s ears I would say.”

4. CHEIKA AND MOORE

5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WALLABIES CAPTAIN, STEPHEN MOORE, SAYING:

“I had some of my teammates just asking for clarification around some things, you know, around the ruck, so that’s all I wanted to just discuss with him and find when the time was to do that but I think Cheik has pretty much said it all.”

STORY: Frustrated Wallabies coach Michael Cheika laid into referee Romain Poite after his side were beaten 29-9 by the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship on Saturday (August 27), saying the French official constantly ignored his captain Stephen Moore.

The All Blacks’ victory ensured the world champions retained the Bledisloe Cup, the symbol of trans-Tasman supremacy, for the 14th successive season having thumped the Wallabies 42-8 last week in Sydney.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika’s side have now lost six successive games, which includes a 3-0 home series loss to England, and with a raft of injuries are struggling as their squad depth is stretched to the limit.

The 49-year-old Cheika, who had problems with refereee Romain Poite’s interpretations of the scrum in the series against England, said he felt the Frenchman, and fellow referee Nigel Owens, were proving difficult to deal with. The Wallabies said the referee would not acknowledge captain Stephen Moore.

“I was bitterly disappointed to be honest,” Cheika said when asked about the referee’s performance. “I’m on record with the referees’ boss Alain Rolland about the treatment to our captain and to our players by Romain Poite and also by Nigel Owens over this last year. I’m not quite sure why, I’m not quite sure why. There was a time there in the game in a break in play when the national captain of Australia was asking the referee ‘when might be an opportunity for me to talk to you’ and he just absolutely ignored him. He’s got the whistle I understand but there’s a place where that guy has an opportunity, the captain has an opportunity to speak to the referee. The referee might not like the captain personally, that might be his prerogative, but he has to afford him that opportunity if he is affording it to his opponents,” Cheika said.

“It’s got to be dealt with because that can’t be going on that the opponent can have every player discussing with the referee and no-ones saying anything bad to him. If they’ve got predetermined position on our players. I asked Alain Rolland, I saw him last week in Sydney and he said ‘no, that’s a surprise to me if it is’ you know but it’s pretty blatant to anyone listening to the refs ears I would say,” he added.

Wallabies captain Moore, who was told several times by Poite to calm his players down after they engaged in niggly, off-the-ball tactics, would not be drawn on what was happening on the field.

“I had some of my teammates just asking for clarification around some things, you know, around the ruck so that’s all I wanted to just discuss with him and find when the time was to do that but I think Cheik has pretty much said it all.”

Next up for the Wallabies in the Rugby Championships is a clash with South Africa on Saturday (September 10) at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane with New Zealand facing Argentina on the same day at Stadium Waikato.

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