Gatland criticises referee after Test defeat
December 1, 2013
Joe Tomane touches down superbly ... but not to Warren Gatland's satisfaction © Getty Images
Wales coach Warren Gatland has criticised referee Wayne Barnes for awarding Australia their final try in their dramatic 30-26 victory in Cardiff.
Joe Tomane superbly picked up a low pass one handed off the ground and dived over the line in the corner. Barnes referred the score to the TMO asking if the final pass had been forward. After several replays, the TMO said he had a decision but before he could say what it was Barnes interrupted saying he had seen the replays and they were inconclusive so he was awarding the try.
In the line of fire
"The referee made the decision himself, without the TMO. I doubt he would have made that decision himself if it was the [New Zealand] All Blacks playing," said Gatland. "He made the call himself. I haven't spoken to him about it. It is not going to change the result."
He also said that Barnes could have awarded a penalty try when Quade Cooper tackled Scott Williams a fraction of a second before he received the ball. Cooper was yellow carded after replays.
Gatland was disappointed not to win but said: "We are knocking at the door at the moment, and at some stage we are going to knock it over. It was a great game of rugby if you were a neutral or an Australian. It was a real Test match out there,"
"The thing is with the southern hemisphere now, which is different to the past, is that they are coming here fully loaded and not making changes. We dug deep, and we showed courage to come back. Our fitness looked good in the second half, and we put ourselves in a position where we had a chance to win it."
While he praised his players, he did admit that some of the on-field decision making would be under the spotlight. "It was frustrating that of the 18 penalties we got, I think 14 were at the breakdown, which stopped some of the momentum we were trying to create.
"We will review a few things in the game, whether we would have made different decisions that might have affected the outcome, but I just thought the last period of the game we looked pretty good. As a whole, we are disappointed we didn't win."
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