Hansen calls for sim­pler rules

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

ALL Blacks coach Steve Hansen has ap­pealed for rugby’s rules to be sim­pli­fied, say­ing a ref­eree’s wrong call cost the All Blacks a chance to win the de­cid­ing Test against the Bri­tish and Ir­ish Li­ons.

But Hansen ad­mit­ted yes­ter­day the All Blacks had also failed to make the most of other op­por­tu­ni­ties to win the third Test in Auck­land, which ended 15- 15 on Satur­day to leave the se­ries drawn 1- 1.

Im­me­di­ately af­ter the Test, Hansen had re­fused to de­bate the call by ref­eree Ro­main Poite in the dy­ing sec­onds when he awarded the All Blacks a kick­able penalty and then changed his de­ci­sion to a scrum.

Af­ter a night to re­flect, Hansen said Poite had been wrong and it was up to the bosses at World Rugby to make it eas­ier to con­trol the game.

“We’ve got to help the ref­er­ees so it be­comes eas­ier and more sim­ple for them to ref the game,” he said.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen.

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