Wednesday 20 September 2017

'Are you happy?': Referee slammed for asking All Blacks captain inappropriate question

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 18: Referee Jaco Peyper makes a call during the International Test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and Wales at Westpac Stadium on June 18, 2016 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 18: Referee Jaco Peyper makes a call during the International Test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and Wales at Westpac Stadium on June 18, 2016 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

New Zealand's second test against Wales followed an almost identical pattern to the first, with the game close at the break before the world champions pulled away following a sensational second half blitz.

An Alun Wyn Jones try saw the sides level at half time at 10-10, but three third quarter tries saw the All Blacks open up an unassailable lead, with the home side eventually winning 36-22.

Wales can have no complaints about the final result after New Zealand's sublime surge, but Warren Gatland would be well within his rights to query a curious second half exchange between All Blacks captain Kieran Read and referee Jaco Peyper.

After Liam Williams was taken out in the air by Waisake Naholo, Peyper opted to only penalise the New Zealander rather than issue a card too.

The referee could then be heard on camera asking Read, 'are you happy with that?'.

Many observers were angered by the exchange, which came when the score was still 10-10.

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