FRANCE backrower Kevin Gourdon known as the All Blacks cheats on Thursday and mentioned they had been handled leniently by referees after they escaped punishment over a contentious incident in final week’s first Test.
Gourdon’s outburst, two days earlier than the second Test in Wellington, follows condemnation of World Rugby’s determination to not hand out additional punishment over a sort out wherein French wing Remy Grosso suffered two facial fractures.
All Blacks flanker Sam Cane was penalised on the sector for a excessive shot on Grosso, whereas prop Ofa Tuungafasi escaped punishment for his position within the head excessive collision with World Rugby saying his position fell “just short” of the purple card threshold.
Immediately after the Test, gained by New Zealand 52-11, French coach Jacque Brunel described the double hit as “dangerous” and “illegal” however later softened his stance, saying the collision was most likely unintended.
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But World Rugby vice chairman Agustin Pichot connected the phrases “should be cited (in) my view” to a tweet exhibiting video of the sort out, which has ended Grosso’s tour.
A former high referee, England’s Rob Debney, wrote in The Times that officers’ leniency in the direction of the All Blacks “exists on a subconscious level. The accountability for taking a decision against them, the scrutiny it comes under compared with other teams, is incredible.” Gourdon mentioned the All Blacks tended to get the rub of the inexperienced from referees “because they win all their games.”
The All Blacks “cheat, of course, but it’s certainly related to the fact they play good rugby… which has a positive effect on the referees,” he added.
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All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster dismissed the dishonest allegations, and denied the world champions and No 1 Test workforce obtained any favouritism from officers.
“I think if you look at the penalty counts (and) yellow cards last year, we were one of the top yellow carded teams in the world so I’m not sure how this ‘soft on us’ comes to fruition,” he mentioned.
Foster additionally reiterated that the All Blacks didn’t agree with the yellow card handed out to France lock Paul Gabrillagues final week for a sort out on Ryan Crotty.
“I think we’ve been pretty open and honest about how we interpreted last week,” mentioned Foster.
“We thought they were a little bit unlucky with their yellow card; it was one of those marginal ones. Was it up there? Yes it was. Was it significant? Probably not.”
Cane’s sort out on Grosso was excessive, for which he was penalised on the time.
“The question is: was it worthy of a yellow card? And, I guess, between a referee and an independent citing commissioner, they’ve said no. So we’ve just got to take the emotion out of it,” Foster mentioned.
Brunel has made 5 modifications for the second Test with Gourdon the one unfastened ahead to outlive from the primary Test hiding, though he has been moved from the flank to No eight.