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Hansen blasts ill-discipline, reserves judgement on red card

Hansen blasts ill-discipline, reserves judgement on red card

10.8.2019

Hansen blasts ill-discipline, reserves judgement on red card

New Zealand gave away three needless penalties in the first half and drifted into too many offside positions before lock Scott Barrett's sending off put the final nail in their coffin in the 47-26 loss.

"The red card didn't help us, but we didn't help ourselves either. Our discipline was poor early in the first half ... There were numerous occasions we got offside when we didn’t need to," he said.

"And Australia wanted to play footy, they wanted to play fast. At the end, they found more space than we could cover."

"Regardless of whether I'm happy about it or not, it's his decision, he's made that and we'll go to the judiciary now and there will be a process and we'll have to live with it," he said.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika, basking in a rare victory over their trans-Tasman rivals, voiced sympathy for Barrett, but said the referee was doing his job.

"I'm sort of torn on both sides," he added. "They went through the regulations but I feel for the opposition player as well."

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