Cotter questions penalty count after loss to Australia

Date published: November 13 2016

Scotland coach Vern Cotter has questioned referee Johan Lacey's officiating in his side's narrow loss to Australia on Saturday.

Like the World Cup quarter-final last year, when Australia received a controversial penalty at the deat to deny the Scots 35-34, Scotland were again undone by some questionable decisions which led to a heavy penalty count against the home side in the second half.

Scotland squandered a 22-13 lead to lose 23-22 after Tevita Kuridrani scored in the 75th minute before Bernard Foley's conversion edged the Wallabies ahead.

"It might have come down to – I've got to be careful what I say, but I don't think we got the rub of the green," Cotter told the Daily Telegraph.

"There were eight penalties against us in the second half and only two for us. There were a number of things – those are things we can't control. I just think there were things that didn't quite go our way."

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw agreed with Cotter's views after the game in Edinburgh.

"As Vern said, when you go back and look at a few decisions we were harshly penalised on a few occasions, and it just gives them easy field position to be able to play in our half."

Meanwhile John Hardie will almost certainly miss Scotland's next game against Argentina after he sustained a leg injury in the defeat to Australia.

The Southland born-and-bred loose forward started the game from the bench but was introduced early in the contest when Ryan Wilson was injured.