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Jones broods over beaten Reds

Eddie Jones, with no fear for the repercussions, has given referee Matt Goddard a mouthful after a loss to the Brumbies which has also seen his centre Lloyd Johansson cited for his high tackle on Stirling Mortlock.

Jones, knowing the risk of receiving a fine, could not resist expressing his distaste at Goddard’s performance.

“How much is the fine? I thought it was outrageous,” Jones told The Sunday Mail.

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“We definitely had the strongest scrum in the first half and we get penalised for collapsing a scrum. It’s disgraceful.

“The ref wouldn’t talk to our hooker and penalised our prop (Rodney Blake) for packing too low. Props are supposed to.

“It’s not good enough for rugby. We’ve got to get better refs and refs have got to study scrums. That said it didn’t cost us the game.”

Reds captain John Roe had no answer for his side’s failure to turn dominace into points.

“What beat us was composure. The Brumbies had it. We certainly had enough commitment, ball and chances,” Roe lamented.

Meanwhile Stephen Moore (knee) and Peter Hynes (ankle) were both casualties in the game.

An injured Peter Hynes is of particular concern to Eddie Jones who is short of cover in his outside backs, with Chris Latham out for the whole Super 14.

Jones is currently embroiled in a desperate bid to secure the services of longtime friend and former Wallaby Andrew walker, who is stuck in a contract with French club Gaillac with whom he signed after returning from a two year ban for cocaine usage. He is signed until May 2008.

Walker is trying to be released from his contract on the grounds that his family is homesick, as well as the fact that the club have allegedly not fulfilled some of their contractual obligations.

The Reds have reprtedly appealed to the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) for assistance in appealing to the authority of the International Rugby Board (IRB).

“My family are missing home,” Walker told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“I’m fine. I’m happy wherever my family is, but it took them a long while to adapt to this lifestyle, it’s been a big cultural change. The kids didn’t know any French when they got here which was pretty tough on them, but they’re speaking fluently now.”

“My family has been pulled from pillar to post so it’d be nice to settle down and find a home and stay there,” he said. “Queensland’s a great place, it’s got great weather all year round – over here it’s absolutely freezing.”

“Sometimes you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone,” Walker said. “Eddie [Jones] has given me a great opportunity.

“It’d be a great honour to finish my career in Australia because it’s where everyone knows me.”

Jones believes that Walker would be a valuable signing for the Reds.

“He’s an extremely talented player, and I’d like to see him get the chance to redeem himself.”

“He’s had his ups and downs but he’s worked really hard to rehabilitate himself and it would be good to see him ply his trade again.

“He’s done some wrong things, but he’s paid a pretty hefty price and he deserves another chance.”

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