Angry McKenzie left confused

24th Aug 2013, 17:19

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Frustrating night: Ewen McKenzie

Frustrating night: Ewen McKenzie

Wallaby coach Ewen McKenzie was far from pleased with the refereeing and scrums during his side's Bledisloe Cup loss.

Wallaby coach Ewen McKenzie was far from pleased with the refereeing and scrums during his side's Bledisloe Cup loss to New Zealand.

The Australians went down 16-27 to the All Blacks in Wellington to ensure they would not regain the Cup and the loss leaves them with a tough run if they are to win the Rugby Championship.

McKenzie was left bemused by a number of decisions made by referee Jaco Peyper, particularly the South African's failure to consult the Television Match Official after Stephen Moore came close to grabbing a five-pointer.

"All I know is that the touch judge said 'Have a look' but it didn't happen," said McKenzie.

Perhaps even more frustrating for the former Test prop was what he called a lottery at scrum time.

"I used to be able to work it out but I can't tell you what is a penalty and what isn't. I've got no idea and I used to play in the front row and I'm lost," he bemoaned.

"We'll keep working on it and try and understand it but at the moment it is a moveable feast.

"The scrum has a thousand laws around it, some at the moment are important to the IRB [the International Rugby Board] and others are completely irrelevant so while we have a rule book I don't see why we favour some and not the others. It seems quite bizarre to me."