Rennie applauds the character of Wallabies

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A controversial ruling about time-wasting by referee Matthieu Raynal resulted in the All Black Jordie Barrett scoring in the last minute to reclaim the lead.


Rennie said his players deserved better.


"It was a hell of a game of footy. We had a couple of yellow cards and found ourselves down 31-13, so to fight back and get ourselves in front showed a lot of character, and it's a disappointing way to lose it.


Rennie said he had never seen a decision like Raynal's, at any level.


"I spoke to Bernard [Foley] after the game, and he was under the impression that time was off and the referee had told him to play. At no stage was he told, or did he believe, he would call a scrum from that.


"Most situations, the clock is off and stays off. It sounds like it went off, and then he started it again. But as we know, [when] a team scores a try late, and they take their time getting back to halfway, they stop the clock.


"The disappointing thing from our point of view is it was a fantastic game of footy, and we should be celebrating the game rather than talking about a referee decision at the end.


"You've got to have a feel for the game, and the situation, and if teams are wasting time then stop the clock. Let the teams decide the outcome."



Rennie said Raynal showed a lack of feel for the occasion.


Captain James Slipper said the decision left a sour taste after such a good game, in front of a great crowd, which went down to the wire.


"I feel unfulfilled, it's a bit weird."


"I've played 120 Tests and I've never seen it. It would be interesting to see if the call was made 10 minutes into the game."


Rennie said there were good things about how they recovered from their loss to the Springboks two weeks ago, but it was tough in the aftermath of Thursday's loss. They would reflect on what they did once they got over the loss.


There had been some unbelievable performances to fight their way back into the game once restored to 15 players. They would take a lot of heart from that, but they had to win tight games.


He said the All Blacks deserved credit. They were clinical when they got opportunities, but at 13-31, not many teams came back against New Zealand, and it had been a hell of a performance in the end.


Rennie was delighted with the contribution made after three years out of Test rugby.


His experience, pass selection and goal-kicking and his ability to give confidence to people around him had impressed.


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