All Blacks win with too many players
July 26, 2014
Scotland's Mark Bennett tackles New Zealand's Gillies Kaka ... the latter one of two players who were yellow carded © Getty Images
Scotland's Sevens team will not lodge an appeal after New Zealand finished their Commonwealth Games clash in Glasgow with an extra player on the field.
With New Zealand leading 17-7 with less than two minutes left on the clock, Tim Mikkelson was yellow carded, meaning he should have sat out the rest of the game. But as they held on to win 17-14 - and should have been down to five players after Gilles Kaka was also sent to the sin bin - but at the final hooter they still had seven players on the pitch.
Scotland coach Stephen Gemmell said he would not make a complaint as Mikkelson's return was due to refereeing error. "An error was made that had no direct impact on the outcome of the game," he said. "We'd given away a free kick at the line-out as the clock ran down and had given New Zealand the ball.
"Like our errors, the referees will analyse their performances and we hope this will be taken on board."
Kala returned to the field after Scotland cut the deficit to three points but it was unclear when Mikkelson came back on.
"I haven't heard there's an issue about the actual time they were off," IRB Sevens general manager Avan Lee said. "It was a crucial time in the game. New Zealand only up by three points with only a few seconds to go. Home team. So there were emotions for a lot of people. I don't think I've seen five players playing [before]."
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