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Kirwan doesn't understand TMO's penalty try call

Blues coach Sir John Kirwan will speak to SANZAR bosses about a penalty try ruling

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Article Published: Monday 25 February 2013|

Blues coach Sir John Kirwan says that he will get clarification from the Super Rugby officials about a controversial penalty try that put a blot on his team's surprise victory over the Hurricanes.

The Blues conceded a penalty try to the Hurricanes and Frank Halai was sin-binned after he was ruled to have deliberately knocked the ball out in the in-goal area during a desperate chase and dive against his opposite winger Julian Savea.

Match referee Glen Jackson took the incident to the TMO Vinny Munro in the 54th minute and the ruling came down from the Munro which put the Hurricanes 20-16 ahead.

Many thought that the Blues were done for at that stage of the match but they held their nerve and took the game to the Hurricanes and ended up winning 20-34.

Kiwan said that the penalty try call was "harsh" as he did not believe that it was a certainty that Savea would have scored the try without Halai's interference.

Kirwan said that he would speak to Sanzar referee boss Lyndon Bray.

"That's just to get a better understanding," Kirwan told Stuff about wanting an explanation.

"The letter of the law is, yeah, that's the rule. Could you say it was going to be a try? My opinion would be, no. "

"Their opinion would be, yes. At the end of the day I thought it was a harsh call."

Kiwan added that he would take the opportunity to double check some other areas with Bray

"Nothing major, just to make sure we are training the boys the right way and we're aware of the trends that the refs are looking at."

Meanwhile Kirwan revealed that All Blacks lock Anthony Boric has made it through a match last friday without any complications to the neck injury that ruined his 2012 season.

The Blues host the Crusaders this week but Kirwan expects Boric to play in Blues Blues development team's match with their Crusaders opposites this weekend rather than make his Super Rugby comeback so soon.

"That was a big relief (for Boric) to come through. He's one step closer but he's probably a couple of games away."

"We will monitor him after Saturday."

Kirwan said that their only injury concern for this week was an Achilles niggle to No 8 Peter Saili.

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