Rugby union - Spotlight on ref as All Blacks, Wallabies clash

AFPAugust 22, 2014
Rugby union - Spotlight on ref as All Blacks, Wallabies clash
New Zealand All Blacks coach Steve Hansen looks on during the captains run at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton on June 20, 2014, ahead of the third rugby test match against England on June 21. AFP PHOTO / Michael Bradley (AFP Photo/MICHAEL BRADLEY)

- The All Blacks and Wallabies sought pre-match talks with referee Romain Poite on Friday as they try to avoid giving away penalties in their highly anticipated return Rugby Championship Test.

With both sides smarting from last week's 12-12 draw in Sydney, New Zealand's Steve Hansen and Australia's Ewen McKenzie were keen to minimise any uncertainty in Auckland.

All Blacks coach Hansen has already claimed an apology from last week's whistleblower, South African Jaco Peyper, for a series of refereeing blunders including one yellow card.


AFP