South African referee Jaco Peyper has admitted to a series wrong decisions he made during last week’s draw between Australia and New Zeeland.
New Zeeland couch Steve Hansen, who requested a meeting with Peyper, told www.planetrugby.com, Peyper “put his hand up” and confessed he was wrong with the yellow card and several free kicks. Hansen quickly admitted that this was no excuse for his team’s poor performance against the Aussies.
He went on to say that the All Blacks had an off-day and although they were outplayed by the Aussies the referee did not help in some of his decisions.
“I know why we didn’t perform at the weekend. There were certain areas of our game we were very poor at,” said Hansen.
“We’ve spoken to the referee about the scrummaging. He put his hand up, said he got the free-kicks wrong.
“The first yellow card (against prop Wyatt Crockett) was wrong — the ball was out.
“It was a good conversation, I respect the man for his honesty. He’s no different than players. Some days you have a bad day. He had a bad day at the office and put his hand up.
“But I’ve got to emphasise, it wasn’t just his problem. We had a hell of a bad day ourselves so we’ll forget about him and concentrate on what we can do.”
Hansen would meet with French referee Romain Poite, who is handling Saturday’s match, before kick-off on Saturday.
The All Blacks have made two injury-enforced changes to their team for the second test, with Liam Messam and Ryan Crotty coming in for Jerome Kaino and Ma’a Nonu, while Conrad Smith returns to outside centre .