Brunel blasts referee block
STEVE Hansen praised Damian McKenzie for silencing his critics and defended his controversial first try.
The All Blacks boss said: “Damian answered a lot of questions. He showed that he is a very, very capable footballer at 10, and can drive a team around the park.”
But McKenzie’s firsthalf try upset the French and had coach Jaques Brunel complaining.
“To me, it seems quite clear,” Brunel said. “If a player or a referee obstructs the play, and that disadvantages one team or the other, then it needs to be accounted for and dealt with.
“If it had not been allowed, the score could have been level by halftime.
“The referee was in the way for that try. It really could have been an equal game.”
But Hansen hit back: “There’s nowhere in the rule book that says the referee can cause obstruction.
“He’s got to stand somewhere. What do they want him to do? Click his fingers and disappear.”