Hansen calls for simpler rules
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.