Hansen: Referee admitted mistakes in 12-all draw

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen has revealed that South African referee Jaco Peyper has admitted that he made a series of errors in the All Blacks 12-all draw with Australia.

While Hansen said that he had met with Peyper after the match he was quick to point out that the blunders made by the referee were no excuse for the All Blacks poor performance.

The All Blacks lost two players to the sin bin in the Sydney Test match so Hansen asked for a meeting with the South African whistleblower.

Hansen said that Peyper “put his hand up” and confessed that he was wrong with one yellow card and several free kicks.

The new Zealand coach said that the All Blacks also had an off day as they were prevented from winning an 18th consecutive test and missed out on a new rugby world record.

“I know why we didn’t perform at the weekend. There were certain areas of our game we were very poor at,” said Hanson.

Hansen said that while the All Blacks were outplayed by a committed Wallabies team the the refereeing did not help.

“We’ve spoken to the referee about the scrummaging. He put his hand up, said he got the free-kicks wrong,” he said.

“The first yellow card (against prop Wyatt Crockett) was wrong — the ball was out.”

“It was a good conversation, I respect the man for his honesty. He’s no different than players.”

“Some days you have a bad day. He had a bad day at the office and put his hand up.

“But I’ve got to emphasise, it wasn’t just his problem. We had a hell of a bad day ourselves so we’ll forget about him and concentrate on what we can do.”

The All Blacks host the Wallabies in Auckland on Saturday and Hansen said that he would meet with the referee in charge of Saturday’s test Romaine Poite from France before the kick off.

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