Rugby Union - Crusaders claim referee apology for costly Super final ruling

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Rugby Union - Crusaders claim referee apology for costly Super final ruling
(FILES) In this file photo taken August 2, 2014, Canterbury Crusaders Willi Heinz (L) and Richie McCaw (R) react after their loss to the New South Wales Waratahs in the Super 15 rugby union final in Sydney. AFP PHOTO/William WEST --IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE-- (AFP Photo/WILLIAM WEST)

- New Zealand rugby is claiming its second referee apology in a week, with Craig Joubert said to have admitted he was wrong with a ruling that probably cost the Canterbury Crusaders the Super 15 crown.

Australia's NSW Waratahs won a tense final 33-32 three weeks ago in Sydney, with the winning points coming from a penalty when flanker Richie McCaw was penalised with a minute remaining.

McCaw told Radio Sport on Saturday that South African Joubert had since rung Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder and "put his hand up" that it was a wrong decision, much like the telephone call All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said he received from referee Jaco Peyper following last weekend's Bledisloe Cup Test against Australia.


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