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Bitterly disappointed Cheika slams referee


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Under Pressure Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says that he is “bitterly disappointed” with the way referee Romain Poite performed in his team’s 29-9 loss to the All Blacks.

Cheika says that Poite ignored Australia captain Stephen Moore which was an act he described as “blatant” and the continuation of a theme.

The Wallabies were on the wrong side of the referee’s penalty count in their 3-0 series loss to England in June and have recently tried to improve relationships with match officials.

Reports in New Zealand state that the Wallabies have made an official complaint about a meeting that All Black coach Steve Hansen had before the match with Poite which Cheika was apparently not invited to.

According to World Rugby rules if such a meeting takes place then both coaches must be present or at least invited and whether either side attends is up to them.

Cheika was caught by the TV cameras using foul language during his team’s loss to the All Blacks in response to some of the referee’s calls and when asked about the referee Cheika did not hold back.

“Well, I was bitterly disappointed, to be honest,” Cheika told the NZHerald.

“I’m on record with the referees’ boss Alain Rolland about the treatment to our captain and our players, by Romain Poite, and also by Nigel Owens over this last year.

“I’m not quite sure why, but there was a time in the game [tonight] in a break in play when the national captain of Australia [Moore] was asking the referee, ‘when might there be an opportunity for me to talk to you?’ And he absolutely ignored him. He’s got the whistle, I understand, but there’s a place where the captain has an opportunity to speak to the referee.

“The referee may 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. I think that attitude followed right through. David Pocock was being called off by the [assistant] referee for an HIA [head injury assessment] and the referee wouldn’t stop the game. The players almost went straight through the doctor, even though he was requested by the players to stop so the player could go off.

“I don’t know if it’s subconscious or not, but it’s there and it’s got to be dealt with because it can’t be that the opponents can say everything to the referee. No one is saying anything bad to him but if they’ve got pre-determined attitudes towards our players… I asked Alain Rolland last week when I saw him in Sydney and he said, ‘no, that’s a surprise to me’. But it’s pretty blatant to anyone listening to the ‘refs’ ears’.”

When captain Moore was asked about how he felt he was treated by Poite he said, “I think Cheik has pretty much said it all. I think It’s probably better if I leave what Cheik has said there.”

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    28th August 2016 at 11:27 am

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  2. Johann Fenske

    28th August 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Unfortunately Romaine Poite is a poor ref i.m.o. He’s screwed SA teams over a number of times so no surprise this time. I also respect the AB’s but as usual they carry on as if they “own” world rugby, calling meetings with refs to do what…? sway them I guess.

    • Daniel

      28th August 2016 at 8:50 pm

      Agreed johann .. Garces isn’t much better. Rediculous how they treat South Africa French sucks big time and NZ get away with everything must have the game bought some how

  3. Liu

    29th August 2016 at 12:44 am

    If most refs are favored the all blacks, then people should quit watching and supporting rugby and see IRB collapse. We need an independent refs. Mccaw is the most cheating person in rugby history but the ref let it go.

  4. sdogg

    29th August 2016 at 9:00 am

    What?? are you guys serious? so hang on…the All blacks are rigging these games with the refs? you must be joking. Im from south africa and i can admit the all blacks are just a class above every team in world rugby…no point sitting here having a cry about the ref, lets say franks did get a red or yellow card the all blacks still would have won that match easy. You guys need to open your eyes because there is nothing going on between the all blacks and the refs. its just the all blacks are a better team…And this mccaw is a cheat stuff omg change the tune ffs…I hated how good he was aswell but that does not make him a cheat.

    • Johann Fenske

      29th August 2016 at 3:28 pm

      No-one said they were not world class, but yes they do influence the refs. Why call a meeting with the ref before the game in secret basically? What did they have to hide from Cheika? And why did Poite ignore the Aus captain and was all ears to the NZ captain? Im also South African but unlike yourself who are up the AB’s arses it seems, I have my eyes open and can see a bad ref and suspicious motives.

    • markp

      3rd September 2016 at 9:33 am

      typical aussies, lose several games and its everybody’s fault but their own. Seriously Australia , the coach , the team. Grow a pair and man up.

  5. sdogg

    30th August 2016 at 8:47 am

    OK first things first. There never was a meeting between Romain poite and Steve Hansen as first reported. Both Steve Hansen and Romain poite have confirmed this. I’m certainly not an ABS fan but seriously its really sad that just because they are a really good team people look for pathetic excuses like the referee is on the all blacks side or being payed off or whatever your suggesting. So if what your saying is true every referee in international rugby must be in on this, since the ABS win 95% of their games most years. You do watch these guys play right? they are a devastating team in all areas of the game.The only team i think that might have a chance at beating these guys is the Springboks in Durban, or England at Twickenham but unfortunately the ABS do not play England this year.

    • rsjcole

      5th September 2016 at 6:35 pm

      sdogg you are right and you call it how it is not how you want it, there was no meeting with the ref Poite and Hanson, i am a allblacks supporter but i love all the teams we play i consider our biggest and most feared opponent the springboks.and when the blacks get smashed there is no excuses by them or me and my money is on the springboks when we meet them soon.Australia have a coach that is floundering and caught up in a war of words and looking stupid doing it.Hanson is to smart and professional to to try and win a game with off the field underarm tactics is stupid for anyone to suggest it

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