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Larkham blames poor refereeing for Brumbies exit



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Brumbies head coach Stephen Larkham says his team should be in the Super Rugby Semi-finals instead of the Highlanders and blamed the match officials and their decisions for his team’s exit.

Larkham says that “they deserved the win” and placed the blame on the match officials of referee Angus Gardner and TMO George Ayoub who are both Australian.

The Brumbies were beaten 9-15 by reigning Super Rugby champions the Highlanders and although they were outscored two tries to none in the match Larkham was unable to hide his frustration.

Larkham said in the Brumbies post match press conference that he felt his team “should be in the Semi-finals” as they had played better football than the Highlanders.

“The guys did everything right in that game, it’s hard for me not to comment on the refereeing,” said the Brumbies coach.

“I can’t see how Lausii (Taliauli) did not score that try – there’s no other possible answer to what happened there.”

“And then a couple of those scrums at the end – we had a dominant scrum the whole game and I dont think that changed at the end – it was really tough, I thought there should have been a penalty there at the end.”

“Like I said, the boys did everything right, it was a see-sawing battle and we made a couple of mistakes but we got to the point where we deserved to win that game.”

“It’s incredibly frustrating to know that we lost it that way,” said Larkham.

“It was clearly a try – for everyone who saw it,” added the frustrated Brumbies coach.

Larkham said that he felt Matt Toomua’s first half yellow card was fair but the frustration was there as they, “executed everything right to that 80th minute and they deserved the win.”

“It’s really disappointing that a game comes down to that – we should be in the semi-finals right now.”

“I give credit where it’s due and I think the Highlanders played really good football but I thought we played better”.

“I think we deserved that win.”

Brumbies staff gave out free pies and ponchos to the first 2000 fans who arrived at the ground and offered free parking to those who arrived early but the Canberra side were only able to draw in 8,559 fans despite the match being the only Australian representation in the finals.

The Highlanders victory was their first in Canberra for ten years.

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  1. Kaz

    22nd July 2016 at 10:04 pm

    The highlanders made more than 200m against you, you didn’t score a try, for years the Australians have deried the way England played their boring rolling maul and set piece game and today it didn’t work for you, the brumbies didn’t want to take no risks, just waited for penalties, highlanders worthy winners, terrific defence, actually tried to score tries with attack get rugby, clean sweep I feel for nz in the qualifiers

  2. andy

    22nd July 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Two tries to one? How do you imagine the Brumbies managed to fit in a try if they only scored 9 points? It was two tries to none.

  3. Owen Raynel

    22nd July 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Larkham is crying again the ref’s did a great job in a big game,Markham go home and again next year your team isn’t good enough to move ahead ,you’re 0-5 in your last five games who’s to blame for that,not the ref’s but the coaches.

  4. Wee Wally

    23rd July 2016 at 4:02 am

    Dear Bernie, What a loser!
    You clearly watched a different game to the one I watched. The referee even played several minutes of extra time that should not have been allowed. He did everything he could to get a result for you even though you were outplayed all night.
    That makes two decisions made correctly by Ayoub this year. The other was ignored by the Baby Faced Assassin, Whiney Barnes, who clearly does not favour the world champions.

  5. Wakupash

    23rd July 2016 at 11:29 am

    ahhhh…. Dear Bernie, “..Brumbies deserved to win..” – are you deluded? Playing a 20 year old style off rugby vs Avant Guard-21st Century Footy. The reliance on the Line-out driving Maul, came back to bite you -One-trick Pony. So the team that converted 2 tries out of 4 to 5 chances VS Brumbies 1 disallowed by the TMO; Sopoaga goal kicking hit the uprights Twice; conditions even nullified the Kiwi outside backs; what more could you want – yet your team failed.Blame everyone else, but yourselves. Here’s a tip…. Innovation.

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