Foley denies intentionally wasting time as Wallabies Swain was cited

WALLABIES OUT-HALF Bernard Foley denied deliberately trying to waste time in the last seconds of Australia. Exciting clash with New Zealand which saw French referee Matteo Renal make a controversial call that cost the Wallabies a victory.

The hosts were on the verge of a stunning win, taking a 37-34 lead in the last minute in Melbourne on Thursday when Foley was penalized.

Rinal reversed a penalty awarded to the Australians in the seconds remaining to waste time as Foley – in his first game in three years – delayed his kick, believing the clock had stopped.

But it was a fatal mistake, giving the All Blacks instead five metres, and Jordy Barrett’s cross crossed into the corner for a thrilling 39-37 win.

“I wasn’t trying to slow down, but I was just trying to get really clear and succinct about what we were trying to do on that next line,” Foley said. Sydney Morning Herald.

“Eventually it was too loud in the field, but there was no feeling that there would be a call like that.”

Stunning Australia coach Dave Rainey said he had never seen a call like this, although All Blacks’ Ian Foster insisted it was “categorical”.

Raynal’s decision cost Australia any chance of winning the Bledisloe Cup for the first time since 2002 and put a huge impact on their rugby title hopes.

They trail the All Blacks by four points with one game to be played in Auckland next week.

“I’ve never seen a call like this, on any level,” Renee frowned. “Let the teams decide the outcome, (it was) just a real lack of feeling for the occasion.

“The disappointing thing from our point of view is that it was a great football game and we should be celebrating the match, rather than talking about the referee’s decision at the last minute.”

While Renee was furious, Foster insisted that Foley received enough warning.

Renee with Foley.

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“They were delaying the kick,” he told reporters. “(Renal) said leave. He warned him then he said leave then he said hurry up then he said it’s time.” Then he asked him twice to kick her.

“I understand there is a contentious nature about this, but it was very clear to the opposition.

“Part of managing your game is listening to the referee,” he added. “So when the referee says ‘it’s time’ you have to play it. I saw him there. I heard very clearly what the reference said. So I think we just have to be careful.”

Despite this, Foster appeared to be in the minority with many in the media and online baffled, including Australian World Cup winner Tim Horan, who was commenting.

“I’ve been hanging for more than 20 years and I thought it was a disgraceful decision by the referee, it cracked under pressure,” he said.

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New Zealand’s win, on the back of their 53-3 defeat to Argentina, eased the pressure on Foster, and saw them lead the rugby championship with 14 points.

The Springboks and Argentina, both with nine points, meet each other on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Wallabies lock Darcy Swain was cited for his illegal release on Quinn Tupaea in Thursday’s match.

Swain was neglected by Rinal in order to remove the lower extremity leaving Tobaya with a serious knee injury.

SANZAAR confirmed that Swain has now been cited under Law 9.11: “Players shall not do anything reckless and dangerous to others.”

The cited commissioner felt Swain’s actions merited a red card, so the incident will be examined by the SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee on Monday.

The Foul Play Review Panel allows players to expedite the judicial process by pleading guilty and accepting the punishment provided by the panel.