'Canes to speak to Bray about Walsh

Date published: March 4 2013

Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett says he will take up Steve Walsh's weekend performance with Sanzar referees' manager Lydnon Bray.

Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett has said that he will take up Steve Walsh's performance at Suncorp Stadium with Sanzar referees' chief Lydnon Bray.

Following the New Zealand outfit's 18-12 defeat to the Reds, captain Conrad Smith was clearly biting his tongue during Friday's post match interview.

And it seems Hammett had similar feelings as he highlighted a string of decisions made by Walsh that impacted on their eventual Super Rugby loss.

“Don't get me wrong, there were some that were right. That's how it goes.” he told Fairfax about Walsh's calls.

“You have some players that don't have good games and sometimes it's the same with referees – in this case no-one had as bad a game as he did.”

While coach Hammett gave off a light-hearted demeanour to the press, he was serious when confirming he would take up Walsh's showing with Sanzar referees' boss Bray.

“I actually think Steve is a very good ref and I thought he was one of the better refs last year … I think it was his first or second game of the season, so maybe that was it,” he said.

“If it's consistent and it's going both ways you live with that because you get the rub of the green the other way.

“But look, we need to take that up with Lyndon Bray, the referees' manager.”

Hammett insisted, however, that he felt there was nothing untoward about the shove Walsh gave to his Hurricanes captain Smith when the outside centre entered his running line.