Kerr-Barlow plays down TMO controversy

02:01, Jul 16 2012
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Stormers fans show their support during their 2012 Super Rugby match against the Hurricanes at Newlands.
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Hurricanes celebrate a try against the Stormers at Newlands.
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Stormers No.8 Nick Koster attempts to break Hurricanes flankers Faifili Levave and Jack Lam at Newlands.
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Siya Kolisi of the Stormers attempts to break through the Hurricanes line at Newlands.
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Hurricanes first five Beauden Barrett attempts to offload as Stormers flanker Duane Vermeulen makes the tackle at Newlands.
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Stormers captain Schalk Burger is tackled by Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith and centre Tim Bateman at Newlands.
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Tim Bateman makes a break during the Hurricanes win over the Lions in round two of the Super 15.
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Beauden Barrett of the Hurricanes spreads the ball.
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Victor Vito of the Hurricanes runs with the ball.
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Lions forward Alwin Hollenbach is tackled by a trio of Hurricanes, including Victor Vito (right).
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Hurricanes halfback TJ Perenara clears the ball from the base of the ruck.
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Julan Savea of the Hurricanes looks to break from a tackle by Salesi Ma'afu of the Force.
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TJ Perenara of the Hurricanes runs the ball in for a try against the Western Force.
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Matt Hodgson of the Force gets tackled by Victor Vito and Ben May of the Hurricanes.
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Julan Savea of the Hurricanes looks to push forward against the Western Force.
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James Broadhurst of the Hurricanes gets his pass away before being tackled by Sam Wykes of the Force.
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TJ Perenara of the Hurricanes and Hosea Gear of the Highlanders tangle.
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Cory Jane of the Hurricanes on his way to scoring a try during the first half against the Highlanders.
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Conrad Smith of the Hurricanes and Colin Slade of the Highlanders watch the ball.
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Kade Poki of the Highlanders lifts TJ Perenara of the Hurricanes in the tackle.
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TJ Perenara of the Highlanders lifts Kade Poki of the Hurricanes.
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Julian Savea of the Hurricanes on the charge against the Highlanders.
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Hurricanes wing Cory Jane scores aginst the Blues at Eden Park.
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Hurricanes fullback Andre Taylor steps past Blues fullback Lachie Munro as he heads to the try-line.
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Hurricanes wing Cory Jane and Blues halfback Alby Mathewson collide.
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Blues second five eighth Ma'a Nonu dives over to score in the tackle of Hurricanes flanker Jack Lam.
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Hurricanes first five-eighth Beauden Barrett leaves Blues fullback Lachie Munro sprawling as he makes the break to set up the match winning try in the last seconds of the game.
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Hurricanes centre Conrad Smith dives over to score in the dying seconds against the Blues.
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Hurricanes first five-eighth Beauden Barrett leaves Blues fullback Lachie Munro sprawling as he makes the break to set up the match winning try.
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Hurricanes centre Conrad Smith, wing Cory Jane and halfback TJ Perenara celebrate at the final whistle.
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Ryno Benjamin of the Cheetahs goes in for a try.
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Andre Taylor (right) of the Hurricanes is tackled by Tewis de Bruyn of the Cheetahs.
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Willie le Roux (right) of the Cheetahs is tackled by Cory Jane of the Hurricanes.
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Hennie Daniller (left) of the Cheetahs makes a break under pressure from Beauden Barrett of the Hurricanes.
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Referee Glen Jackson awards a white card to Sharks' Keegan Daniel and Hurricanes' Conrad Smith.
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Hurricanes' Jack Lam makes a tackle on Sharks' Frederic Michalak.
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Hurricanes' Jeremy Thrush passes against the Crusaders.
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Hurricanes' Dane Coles on the charge against the Crusaders.
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Hurricanes' Jeremy Thrush and Crusaders' Kieran Read battle for the ball.
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Hurricanes' Victor Vito on the charge against the Crusaders.
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Crusaders' Wyatt Crockett hits out at Hurricanes' Chris Eaton.
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Crusaders' Israel Dagg is tackled by Hurricanes' Ben May.
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Hurricanes' prop Ben May makes a charge down field.
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Cory Jane makes a break against the Chiefs.
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TJ Perenara tackles Sonny Bill Williams
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TJ Perenara tries to get past Aaron Cruden of the Chiefs.
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Victor Vito in action against the Chiefs.
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Hurricanes' Karl Lowe on the charge against the Blues.
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Victor Vito wins the ball over Ma'a Nonu.
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Cory Jane slips through a Piri Weepu tackle.
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Blues' Piri Weepu passes against the Hurricanes.
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Victor Vito of the Hurricanes passes against the Highlanders at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
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Nasi Manu of the Highlanders is tackled against the Hurricanes.
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Hurricanes players celebrate their 26-20 win over the Highlanders.
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Adam Thomson of the Highlanders lining up a tackle on Jeffery Toomaga-Allen of the Hurricanes.
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Mike Delany of the Highlanders is tackled by Tim Bateman of the Hurricanes.
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Hosea Gear of the Highlanders is tackled by Tim Bateman and Beauden Barrett of the Hurricanes.
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Conrad Smith of the Hurricanes is not happy at Adam Thomson of the Highlanders being allowed his try.
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Andre Taylor in action against the Brumbies at Westpac Stadium.
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Jeffrey Toomaga-Allen scores a try against the Brumbies at Westpac Stadium.
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Ben May charges up field against the Brumbies at Westpac Stadium.
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TJ Perenara scores against the Brumbies at Westpac Stadium.
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Andre Taylor in action against the Brumbies at Westpac Stadium.
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Andre Taylor celebrates a try against the Rebels.
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Julian Savea runs in to score against the Rebels.
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Conrad Smith attacks against the Rebels.
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Julian Savea scores again in the second half against the Rebels.
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Andre Taylor of the Hurricanes dives over for a try in the Hurricanes 66-24 win over the Rebels.
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Beauden Barrett breaks away during the Hurricanes 66-24 win over the Rebels.
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Chris Eaton of the Hurricanes passes against the Waratahs.
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Victor Vito of the Hurricanes grimaces as he holds an injured shoulder against the Waratahs.
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Motu Matu'u of the Hurricanes scores try against the Waratahs.
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Chris Eaton of the Hurricanes scores a try against the Waratahs.
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Crusader Sean Maitland takes on Hurricane Tim Bateman.
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Crusaders' Wyatt Crockett on the burst.
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Zac Guildford of the Crusaders runs away to score a try against the Hurricanes.
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Conrad Smith of the Hurricanes celebrates after their win over the Crusaders.
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Hurricanes' Motu Matu'u celebrates their win over the Chiefs.
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Hurricanes' Julian Savea scores a try against the Chiefs.
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Chiefs' Sonny Bill Williams in action against the Hurricanes.
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Chiefs' Liam Messam in action against the Hurricanes.

Standout Chiefs halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow is adamant he got under the ball and stopped Dane Coles scoring his controversial try for the Hurricanes after the final hooter on Friday night.

But even he was toeing the party line from the Chiefs that it was no use complaining about the third dubious Television Match Official (TMO) decision against them in as many games - that they should have made the game safe before that.

"I was obviously quite confident that I had my hands under the ball and stopped him short but we shouldn't need to leave it down to a TMO's decision to decide the fate of our game," Kerr-Barlow said after the match in Wellington. "There's nothing we can do about it. We'll just take it on the chin and look forward from here."

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Chris Noakes comes in to tackle Fritz Lee.
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Sonny Bill Williams on the charge against the Highlanders.
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Adam Thomson passes against the Chiefs.
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Andrew Hore trys to stop Lelia Masaga as he scores the Chiefs' first try.
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Chiefs fullback Tim Nanai-Williams eludes the desperate dive of Blues halfback Alby Mathewson.
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Aaron Cruden kicks for goal during the Chiefs round two win over the Blues.
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Tawera Kerr-Barlow dives over for his try during the Chiefs round two win over the Blues.
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Tawera Kerr-Barlow dives over for his try during the Chiefs round two win over the Blues.
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Piri Weepu and Jerome Kaino of the Blues chase down Aaron Cruden and the ball.
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Chiefs players Andrew Horrell, Sam Cane and Aaron Cruden celebrate their victory over the Blues.
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Chiefs centre Richard Kahui watches anxiously from the bench in the second half.
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Chiefs wing Tim Nanai-Williams passes the ball in-field as he is pushed to the ground by Israel Dagg.
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Crusaders No 6 George Whitelock brings down a kick-off, under pressure from his Chiefs opposite Liam Messam.
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Tim Nanai-Williams of the Chiefs picks up a loose ball under pressure from Israel Dagg of the Crusaders.
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Tawera Kerr-Barlow of the Chiefs is tackled by Kieran Read of the Crusaders.
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Aaron Cruden of the Chiefs gets a kick away while being tackled against the Crusaders at McLean Park.
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George Whitelock (L) and Corey Flynn of the Crusaders tackle Robbie Robinson of the Chiefs.
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The Chiefs' Arizona Taumalolo celebrates with Brodie Retallick at the end of their match against the Crusaders.
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Hika Elliot, Sonny Bill Williams, Zac Guildford, and Israel Dagg ham it up after their match at McLean Park.
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A bloody Liam Messam in action against the Brumbies.
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Aaron Cruden in action against the Brumbies.
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Liam Messam on the charge against the Brumbies.
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Richard Kahui on the charge against the Brumbies.
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Robbie Robinson passes against the Brumbies.
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Sonny Bill Williams could command top dollar to secure a contract after his stint with the Chiefs.
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Arizona Taumalolo scores a try against the Waratahs at Waikato Stadium.
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Tawera Kerr-Barlow on the charge against the Waratahs at Waikato Stadium.
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Chiefs players celebrate after Liam Messam scores against the Waratahs at Waikato Stadium.
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Liam Messam scores against the Waratahs at Waikato Stadium.
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Tanerau Latimer on the charge against the Waratahs at Waikato Stadium.
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Sonny Bill Williams charges at the Force defence in Perth.
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Chiefs wing Lelia Masaga performs 'The Dougie' after scoring against the Force.
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A tough man to bring down, Sona Taumalolo carries a Force player on his back.
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Craig Clarke, centre, of the Chiefs is tackled by Robert Ebersohn of the Cheetahs.
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Tawera Kerr-Barlow in action aginst the Sharks at Mr Price Kings Park.
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Asaeli Tikoirotuma in action aginst the Sharks at Mr Price Kings Park.
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Tawera Kerr-Barlow in action aginst the Sharks at Mr Price Kings Park.
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Sonny Bill Williams in action aginst the Sharks at Mr Price Kings Park.
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Charl Mcleod of the Sharks looks to tackle Alex Bradley at Mr Price Kings Park.
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Alex Bradley in action aginst the Sharks at Mr Price Kings Park.
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Chiefs captain Craig Clarke drives over to score.
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Aaron Cruden of the Cheifs makes a break past Jake Schatz of the Reds.
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Will Genia of the Reds celebrates with team mates after scoring against the Chiefs.
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Mike Harris of the Reds passes against the Chiefs.
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Jake Schatz of the Reds is tackled against the Chiefs at Suncorp Stadium.
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Chiefs left wing Asaeli Tikoirotuma dives over for a try against the Bulls.
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Sonny Bill Williams makes a breakaway in the Chiefs win over the Bulls.
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Sam Cane celebrates his try against the Bulls.
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Aaron Cruden in action against the Bulls.
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Sonny Bill Williams tackles Francis Saili.
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Chiefs player Sonny Bill Williams is tackled by Highlanders player Tamati Ellison.
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Highlanders player Jarrad Hoeata is tackled.
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Sonny Bill Williams scores his second half try.
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Sam Cane gets a high ball.
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Hika Elliot fends of Israel Dagg.
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Hurricanes' Motu Matu'u celebrates their win over the Chiefs.
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Hurricanes' Julian Savea scores a try against the Chiefs.
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Chiefs' Sonny Bill Williams in action against the Hurricanes.
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Chiefs' Liam Messam in action against the Hurricanes.

He said he knew it was hard on the TMOs to make decisions when bodies were piling over the top of the ball and it could have looked like Coles had got the ball down on the line.

"But as I said, we shouldn't have to leave it down to that and there were a lot of areas tonight that we have to improve on and where they punished us."

Chiefs head coach Dave Rennie said he had not seen the ball cross the line and be grounded there from the countless replays watched by the TMO.

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IT'S OURS: Jeffery Toomaga-Allen appeals for the Hurricanes’ winning try by Dane Coles in the 28-25 win against the Chiefs in Wellington.

"I had as many looks as everyone else I guess and it looked like [the TMO] had about 15 cracks at it before he made a decision.

"But 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 situation so we've only got ourselves to blame."

When put to him that this was the third game in a row where the opposition had been awarded a dubious try by the TMO, the last two influencing the result, Rennie said: "Oh well, we might get one next game."

Captain Craig Clarke said after the game he was unsighted at the controversial moment and hadn't studied the big screen too closely. "But our boys are pretty confident they were underneath the ball," he said.

Rennie said his players often seemed to be back on their heels when others made breaks and were not able to support effectively as a result, while first-five Aaron Cruden had been calling for quicker ball and for it to be moved wider away from the concentrated defence around the edges of the rucks.

"But we just didn't release the ball and we've got to be sharper in that area. I guess we've got a couple of weeks to work it out," Rennie said.

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