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O’Neill to complain to IRB

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :All Blacks, In the news, Wallabies on 5 Nov 2008 at 11:15
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Australian Rugby Union chief John O’Neill is planning to send a formal complaint to the International Rugby Board referee’s chief, Paddy O’Brien, over the performance of Irish referee Alan Lewis during the Hong Kong Bledisloe Cup Test.

Rugby Heaven Australia reports that Lewis has been widely criticised for his refereeing, including missing a forward pass that resulted in the All Blacks’ winning try and continuously penalising the Wallabies at the scrum and breakdown. O’Neill, who is with the Wallabies to Italy, was one of thousands of Australians in Hong Kong dismayed by Lewis’s performance.


  • Didn’t see the game so I can’t comment but this just adds to the stereotypical feeling I have towards Aussies.

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.11.08 11:19:02 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • I watch this match and got the impression that from the first scrum the ref had it in for Oz. But then again they do have a reputation for using dodgy tactics at scrum time.

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.11.08 11:26:44 by McLovin Reply
  • including missing a forward pass that resulted in the All Blacks’ winning try

    Does that make the refs and the All Blacks all square then?

    I wonder if Alan Lewis is a friend of Wayne Barnes’? 🙂

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.11.08 11:29:01 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Also, the convicts seemed intent on slowing down/disrupting the NZ ball no matter what. Only after the ref gave them a ‘final’ warning did the game start to pick up.

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.11.08 11:30:00 by McLovin Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : I’m not sure about the Aussies in general, but O’Neill comes across as the biggest box in history.

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.11.08 11:43:09 by molly Reply
  • I couldn’t agree more with O’Neill… it had us pondering just who was going to be reffing a NH v SH game under the ELV’s?

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.11.08 11:58:36 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • Who is the ref for this weekend’s Bok game?

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.11.08 12:17:17 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • Alain Rolland.

    Same guy who reffed the RWC Final for us

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.11.08 12:19:51 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Total number of penalties: 16

    Australia: 10
    New Zealand: 6

    The reasons for the penalties were as follows:

    * = points conceded

    Tackle/ruck: 6 (Smith, Brown* 2, Baxter*, Mumm, Hynes)
    Offside: 1 (Brown)
    Scrum: 2 (Robinson & Moore*, Robinson
    Discipline: 1 (Mortlock – high tackle)

    New Zealand:
    Tackle/ruck: 5 (Hore, Sivivatu 2, Kaino, Somerville)
    Off-side: 1 (Boric)

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.11.08 12:25:15 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Didn’t see the game but followed some of the bloggers commentary on Keo. General feeling was that the Oziies were being nailed at every opportunity. There were a few Kiwis commentating as well and none of them disputed these sentiments.

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.11.08 12:25:26 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • While 10 to 6 is by no means one sided if you look at the tackle and the ruck it is even LESS onesided.

    Where else could he have nailed them so badly for O’Neill to want to complain?

    I would hardly call two scrum Penalties, “continuously” either.

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.11.08 12:27:56 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Free Kicks conceded: 4

    Australia: 0
    New Zealand: 4 (2 mark, 2 scrums)

    One free kick became a scrum.

  • Comment 12, posted at 05.11.08 12:29:16 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Getting possession – line-outs, scrums, free-kicks, drop-outs, turn-overs

    In this section the figures represent the number of times you get to play with the ball.

    Australia vs New Zealand


    Line-outs: 10 (1 lost)
    Scrums: 9 (5 reset, 3 collapses, 1 free kick)
    Drop-outs: 2

    New Zealand:

    Line-outs: 17 (2 lost, 1 quick)
    Scrums: 10 (5 reset, 10 collapses, 1 free kick, 2 penalties)
    Drop-outs: 1

    After a happy time watching scrummaging in New Zealand, South Africa, England and France it was disappointing to see the Land of the Falling Scrum in action again – 19 scrums, 10 resets, 13 collapses, 2 free kicks and 2 penalties. It’s not good for rugby.

  • Comment 13, posted at 05.11.08 12:31:21 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Tackle/Ruck/Maul: 124

    So out of 124 rucks tackles or mauls the Aussies got penalised only SIX times.

    WTF are the moaning about again?????????????????????

  • Comment 14, posted at 05.11.08 12:33:51 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 14) :
    The poor refereeing, and after this dissection, the statistician as well.

  • Comment 15, posted at 05.11.08 13:06:37 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 15) :


  • Comment 16, posted at 05.11.08 13:13:07 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 14) : The losing side always complains. 🙂

  • Comment 17, posted at 05.11.08 13:13:35 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 17) :

    Except if you are the POMS.

    Remeber when they beat someone and then still proceeded to complain about the referee. I think it was Kaplan Actually. (Maybe TT was their media liaison)

  • Comment 18, posted at 05.11.08 13:39:35 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) : Poms complain about everything. 🙄

  • Comment 19, posted at 05.11.08 13:41:03 by McLovin Reply
  • They are going to be moaning AND groaning after the PI’s are done with them. 😈

  • Comment 20, posted at 05.11.08 13:54:43 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • ONeil is working on my tits lately. Wish someone can close his mouth.

  • Comment 21, posted at 07.11.08 09:02:06 by PaarlBok Reply

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