Blues not happy with late contentious penalty

Blues captain Jerome Kaino has said that a late contentious penalty awarded to the Cheetahs cost his team their victory in Bloemfontein on Friday.

Kaino was hoping to celebrate his 100th Super Rugby cap with the Blues first victory but Australian referee Rohan Hoffman gave the Cheetahs a penalty in the final minutes of the match which they kicked and won the match.

The Blues looked to have secured a 22-24 victory in Bloemfontein but then the Cheetahs had a line out and the Blues chose not to contest it and in doing so conceded the penalty.

Joe Pietersen stepped up with the penalty and won the match for the Cheetahs leaving the Blues frustrated and wondering what they had done wrong.

“That penalty cost us the game,” Kaino told Stuff.

“From my understanding we opened the gate, they drove through, and (the referee) said we were stepping back. But the person he said was stepping back was our halfback. “

“I was a bit confused as to the interpretation. But the ref ruled on it and we can’t argue that.”

Blues coach John Kirwan was also perplexed by Hoffman’s penalty ruling and revealed that they had been practising the move and that in a previous match it had gone the other way and won them penalties.

“We know the ruling, we’ve been practising it. We did exactly the same last week and picked up three penalties,” explained Kirwan

“The boys are a little bewildered by it, but we have to accept the referee saw something different and move on.”

The result of the Blues loss is that they face an uphill battle from now as the three losses at the start of the season makes it the Blues worst ever start in Super Rugby but Kirwan says they can still turn it around.

“Nothing is going our way, but I believe we can turn it round,” he said.

“This has been hard to cop, but the team’s strong, we’re going well, we’re training well, now we just need to turn those into victories.”

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