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Canes hooker has no doubts about try

Hooker's last-gasp try seals win

TOBY ROBSON
CHIEF RUGBY WRITER
Last updated 10:03 14/07/2012
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EUPHORIA: The Hurricanes celebrate after the match-winning try is awarded.
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Dane Coles is adamant he forced the ball over the line to seal the Hurricanes 28-25 last gasp win over the Chiefs.

It was difficult to find anyone at Westpac Stadium fully convinced by the replays viewed by television match official Mike Fraser in the 85th minute of a gripping match.

But Coles was in no doubt and said Fraser had got thing right regardless of what the video showed.

"I definitely got it down. You never know with those TMOs but I'm just glad he made the right call, made the right decision," the hooker beamed.

"I was a bit nervous watching.  I was worried. I definitely got it down, but with those angles and stuff, yeah, but he made the right decision. I thought the ball hit the chalk. The calls been made and there will be a T next to my name."

Less convinced was Chiefs coach Dave Rennie, who said he hadn't seen the ball forced.

However, he had, and has, too much class to sound bitter about a call that could prove costly to his side's title hopes.

"I had as many looks as everyone else. Looked like he [Fraser] had about 15 cracks before he made a decision," he said.

"In the end, whether I thought it was a try or not probably doesn't matter. The point is we shouldn't have put ourselves in that position, so we only have ourselves to blame."

In the home coaching box Mark Hammett was so nervous he headed to the bathroom as the replays dragged on. He'd believed it was a try on first viewing.

Down on the field Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith said things became almost farcical as the two sides gathered to watch the big screen.

"One view we'd cheer, one view they would. After a while we both got sick of it and just waited for the decision. It's hard, there was a lot riding on it," he said. "I felt sorry for him [Fraser]. One view it looked like a try, one it looked not a try."

Coles' third try of the season had another twist to it as he played the final 20 minutes of the match at No 8 after Brad Shields left with a leg injury.

But apart from a few nerves about his new role as a loose forward, Coles said things had remained calm till reserve hooker Motu Matu'u lifted him onto his shoulders to celebrate.

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