Hansen hits back at McKenzie over ref whinging

TOBY ROBSON
Last updated 15:01 25/08/2013
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STEVE HANSEN: ''Usually you are better to just play the game get on with it and you can't blame the ref."

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All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says his Wallaby opposite Ewen McKenzie needs to be careful his post-test whinge about the referee doesn't blow up in his face.

McKenzie was fuming after last night's 27-16 Bledisloe Cup loss claiming a number calls by South African referee Jaco Peyper had made a ''massive difference'' to the course of the match.

The Wallabies claim hooker Stephen Moore was denied a fair try in the seventh minute because Peyper refused to follow his assistant's advice and call in the Television Match Official.

McKenzie also said All Blacks Ma'a Nonu (shoulder charge) and Kieran Read (professional foul) were been lucky to avoid yellow cards.

But Hansen suggested today it was a case of the pot calling the the kettle black.

''He just has to be careful how far he wants to takes it because when they have a good look at it they'll see the Aussies taking us out off the ball and he might find that back fires on him,'' he said. 

''Usually you are better to just play the game get on with it and you can't blame the ref.

''Ewen can do what he likes I guess, but I can sit here and pick holes about how often they took us out, held on to us after the ball was played, obstructed us in the midfield. I could do all of that but I'm not going to.''

McKenzie seemed to have a valid point about the TMO call with replays suggesting Moore scored only for Peyper to award a penalty, which Christian Lealiifano slotted for a 3-0 lead.

There was also evidence Read had interfered with Wallaby halfback Will Genia after a Lealiifano break in the 24th minute.

Asked specifically about the incidents McKenzie had raised, Hansen said:

''I think you can pick holes in every decision mate, but where does it get you?

''It is what it is and you have to take it on the chin. If they think that's why they lost the game... the hardest job on the field right now is the refs and they are under a massive amount of pressure from their own boss and they don't need coaches to be putting it on them.

''They just need to be consistent and I thought he [Peyper] was consistent from woe to go throughout the whole game.

''You just can't blame referees for performances. They have a hard enough job without us jumping on them. Our job should be to support them and have a quiet chat behind the scenes rather than hanging our washing in public.''

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Hansen said Nonu's shoulder charge on Australian prop James Slipper was worth having a look at, but didn't believe it warranted a citing.

- Fairfax Media

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