McKenzie laments TMO try

November 2, 2013
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5f6c5dd44c4046b9801dc249af47772fAustralia coach Ewen McKenzie was left thinking of what might have been after a controversial try sparked England into coming from behind to beat the Wallabies 20-13 at Twickenham on Saturday.

By: Sport24

England were 13-6 behind early in the second half when full-back Mike Brown, from just in front of his own line, launched a counter-attack that led to a converted try for Red Rose captain Chris Robshaw in the 50th minute.

Seven minutes later, England crossed Australia’s try-line again when fly-half Owen Farrell, who missed three first-half penalties, surprised the tourists by exploiting a gap between Wallaby captain Ben Mowen and hooker Stephen Moore.

The television match official checked for a possible obstruction by England replacement hooker Dylan Hartley on Moore before the try was awarded by Irish referee George Clancy.

England prevented an Australia side who’d posted 33 points, albeit conceding 41 in defeat by world champions New Zealand in Dunedin in October, from scoring at all in the second half.

McKenzie, reflecting on England’s first try, said: “Obviously, it was flashed up on the big screen.

“That was a 90-metre turnaround and there’s seven points at the end of it.

“Theoretically, we should have been having a lineout five metres out (from England’s line).

“The second one (England try) had the benefit of the TMO looking at it without the pressure of the moment.

“We can debate those things until you are blue in the face.

“It’s not going to change the outcome,” former Wallaby prop McKenzie, a member of the Australia side that beat England in the 1991 World Cup final at Twickenham, added.

Australia’s eighth defeat in 11 matches this year, meant their bid to emulate the celebrated 1984 Wallaby Grand Slam — beating England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales on a single tour — didn’t last longer than the first match.

Australia will now look to regroup against Italy in Turin next week.

But for No 8 Mowen, who will hope to beat England at Twickenham when the teams meet in a 2015 World Cup pool match, it was clear the hurt of a ‘blown’ Slam ran deep.

“It’s hugely disappointing. Just after half-time was a real opportunity for us to skip ahead and put pressure on England but we missed a few of those opportunities and they were extremely urgent.

“When you have that urgency, married up with a few things going your way, they created that momentum and took those two tries, so you’ve got to give them that respect.”

Meanwhile McKenzie, who replaced New Zealander Robbie Deans as Australia coach following the British and Irish Lions 2-1 series win over the Wallabies in July, also said he’d no qualms about persisting with his policy of on-field half-time team talks.

At Twickenham on Saturday there was more noise than usual during the break while the England side that beat Australia in the 2003 World Cup final paraded around the field a decade on from their triumph in Sydney.

“There was no problem at all,” said McKenzie.

“We’re fine with that, staying in the moment, staying in the ambience of the game.

“You’ve been going round meeting on the field at half-time for a hundred years.

“I don’t think we have to stress about that too much.”

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10 Comments

  1. avatar bchanakira02 says:
    November 2nd, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Will Australia rise again anytime soon?

  2. avatar Craven says:
    November 2nd, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Both England tries were dodgy. Still in saying that, the game against Argentina seems to have been a bit of a false dawn for Australia.

  3. avatar Americano says:
    November 3rd, 2013 at 12:21 am

    Ewen McKenzie is the Rudolf Straeuli of Joey Rugby

  4. avatar Timeo says:
    November 3rd, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Aus try was a little dodgy also. Genia kicked the ball back into the ruck before picking it up.

  5. avatar DavidS says:
    November 3rd, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    @bchanakira02:

    No.

    The pro player drain is not just hitting their small player numbers but worse their fontes of the South Sea islanders are finding fare wealthier places to ply their trade in France and the UK… AND NOWADAYS INCREASINGLY jAPAN TOO.

  6. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    November 4th, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Yet again the Ref won that game… quite frankly I’d punch him (and his assistants) in the gob for allowing two feet in touch and then a blatant case of blocking…

    What a farce…

  7. avatar DavidS says:
    November 4th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    @bryce_in_oz:

    I must say having watched US NFL games this season the interference of the refs in games is also quite high, but instead of impeding the spectacle of the game the numbers of correct calls means the fans do not seem overly perturbed by stoppages. In this regard my view is that the fans are more intelligent than the television producers give them credit for. This is not a case of wanting “flowing mindless stupidity” but rather the fans want to see the rules are observed so that a fair contest occurs.

    Sadly, although soccer appears to have caught on to this, and cricket, rugby seems to have sustained its moronismn in insisting television producers are right about limited interference keeping viewer numbers high.

  8. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    November 4th, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    @DavidS:

    Ref to TMO: “Was there blocking?”
    TMO to Ref: “Yes there was… but… not too much…”

    Ridiculous…

  9. avatar Craven says:
    November 4th, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    @DavidS:

    Have to agree. And why a TMO cannot whisper into the ref’s ear that he might want to take a look at that passage of play, I will never understand.

  10. avatar Craven says:
    November 5th, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Nice to see ABs get Joubert, Peyper and Owens to ref their games up North while we have to again play to the second tier of international whistle blowers in Allain Rolland, Jerome Garces and Wayne Barnes. Expect a few dodgy calls in the Bok games.

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