Rugby Championship

Mallett: ABs were hard done by

2014-08-18 11:20
Nick Mallett (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Former Springbok coach Nick Mallett believes the All Blacks were hard done by at scrum time in their Rugby Championship draw with Australia in Sydney at the weekend.

Mallett felt the All Blacks were clearly superior at scrum time and felt the hosts were lucky not to be penalised more by South African referee Jaco Peyper.

Speaking on SuperSport after the 12-12 draw, Mallett said:

"Going into the match Australia had picked their third-choice hooker (Nathan Charles). Early on in the game you could see who had the strongest scrum.

"When you go into a game as a referee, you have to understand what teams are trying to do. Today I thought the All Blacks were really hard done by. They have a very strong pack and that was negated by the fact that Jaco Peyper really felt that they were taking advantage of the weaker Australian scrum.

"The Australians got out their 22 on a number of occasions with a free kick where they were really under pressure."

The All Blacks and Wallabies again meet this week when they duel in Auckland on Saturday (kick-off 09:35 SA time).

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