Cheika unhappy with officials

Date published: August 27 2016

Australia head coach Michael Cheika expects New Zealand tighthead prop Owen Franks to be cited following an alleged gouge in Saturday’s game.

The All Black front-row appeared to make contact with Wallabies second-row Kane Douglas’ face at a maul in the 29-9 triumph in Wellington.

Romain Poite and his officials missed the incident but coach Cheika did not and believes a punishment will be handed out in the near future.

“We saw it at the time,” said Cheika after the Westpac Stadium loss.

“I’m sure the match review (officer) will pick that up. It was pretty open, it would be pretty hard for the match review guy to miss.”

Cheika was clearly not happy with Frenchman Poite and continued by saying: “There was a time there in the game, in a break in play (against the All Blacks), when the national captain of Australia is asking the referee ‘when might be an opportunity for me to talk to you’ and he absolutely ignored him,” he said.

“He’s got the whistle, I understand, but there’s a place where the captain has an opportunity to speak to the referee.

“The referee may not like the captain personally, that might be his prerogative, but he has to afford him that opportunity he’s afforded his opponents.”

It has also been confirmed that the Australian Rugby Union will make an official complaint to World Rugby over a meeting that took place between New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen and Poite prior to the game. Rules state that should such a meeting occur, the opposing coach must be made aware of it, to which Cheika says he wasn’t.