Ireland coach calls for drop-goal change
June 20, 2012
Dan Carter kicked the winning points for New Zealand at the death © Getty Images
Ireland coach Les Kiss believes that the International Rugby Board (IRB) should review the laws surrounding drop-goals.
Kiss's side were beaten 22-19 by New Zealand last weekend after a drop-goal from Dan Carter at the death.
The All Blacks' fly-half had moments earlier had a chance fly wide after being touched in flight, with the ball returning to the home side at a five-metre scrum after Ireland scrum-half Eoin Reddan dabbed the ball down in-goal.
"If you go for a drop goal and miss then why should you get the ball back from a missed kick?" Kiss said. "That shouldn't have been their advantage. They went through it and missed it as we were good enough to stop it.
"It is like a tackle. If we tackled him there, trying to attempt a field goal, but we tackled him before it, we would get the ball back. But that doesn't happen. That's probably a law [the IRB] could look at."
The two teams will face-off for the third and final time this summer at a sold-out Waikato Stadium on Saturday and Kiss believes that Ireland's efforts last time out garnered added credibility from the All Blacks' fans.
"We are in the coaches' box and you can't hear it all the time but when you opened the door and heard the noise, the fans were chanting 'All Blacks, All Blacks'. I haven't heard that for a long time," he said.
"It was an intimate stadium and they certainly felt it was a ridgey didge, or a fair dinkum, Test match and they were totally engaged in it. They played well but they couldn't break us. It was fantastic, what the boys did, but unfortunately you want to win and that is the taste that is left in your mouth."
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