Hurricanes’ Cole adamant he scored the try

Hurricanes hooker Dane Coles is adamant that he forced the ball over the tryline and scored the try to seal his team’s 28-25 victory over the Chiefs.

Cole scored his try four minutes into extra time at Westpac Stadium in but it was not immediately awarded as television match official Mike Fraser had to have several looks from different angles before confirming the try.

Whilst many fans around the stadium and even more were in doubt as to whether the try was scored Coles says, “”I definitely got it down.”

“You never know with those TMOs but I’m just glad he made the right call, made the right decision,” the hooker beamed.

“I was a bit nervous watching. I was worried,” Coles told Stuff.

“I definitely got it down, but with those angles and stuff, yeah, but he made the right decision. I thought the ball hit the chalk.

“The calls been made and there will be a T next to my name.”

One man who is not as convinced is Chiefs coach Dave Rennie who said that he had not seen the ball forced over the line but he did not want to go into whether the try was actually scored.

“I had as many looks as everyone else. Looked like he (Fraser) had about 15 cracks before he made a decision,” he said.

“In the end, whether I thought it was a try or not probably doesn’t matter. “

“The point is we shouldn’t have put ourselves in that position, so we only have ourselves to blame.”

Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett has revealed that he was so nervous he headed to the bathroom as the replays dragged on but believed it was a try on his first viewing.

“One view we’d cheer, one view they would. After a while we both got sick of it and just waited for the decision.”

“It’s hard, there was a lot riding on it,” he said. “I felt sorry for him (Fraser). One view it looked like a try, one it looked not a try.”

On the field Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith said things became almost farcical as both teams sides gathered to watch the big screen and wait for the ruling.

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