Wednesday 18 October 2017

'Citing commissioner picked out 12 incidents and 11 referred to New Zealand' - Ireland manager Mick Kearney

Robbie Henshaw of Ireland is tackled by Sam Cane of New Zealand which subsequently led to Henshaw being carried off the pitch on a stretcher during the Autumn International match between Ireland and New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Robbie Henshaw of Ireland is tackled by Sam Cane of New Zealand which subsequently led to Henshaw being carried off the pitch on a stretcher during the Autumn International match between Ireland and New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
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Citing commissioner Bruce Kuklinski reviewed 12 incidents from Ireland bruising 21-9 defeat to New Zealand on Saturday and 11 of them referred to the All Blacks, Ireland manager Mick Kearney has revealed.

The encounter has been described as the most physical in recent times and a number of dangerous incidents have sparked a lot of debate over the past 48 hours.

The Kiwi duo of Sam Cane and Malakai Fekitoa have both been cited for high tackles on Robbie Henshaw and Simon Zebo, All Black boss Hansen has said that they will contest Cane's citing.

Asked to comment on the citings, Kearney said: "It doesn't surprise me, to be honest. What I would say is the citing officer picked out 12 incidents during the game. 11 of them referred to New Zealand. The one that referred to us was a clean-out of Sam Cane at a ruck and we were cleared of any foul play in that incident.

"It is disappointing to be honest. there were a number of tackles and bangs around the head. We received the edict from World Rugby in the last week or 10 days and Joe would have sat the squad down, showed them the various footage - including examples of  tackles around the head and neck area.

"World Rugby had said, if these incidents occur then you are liable to a red card possibly. So that obviously didn't happen at the weekend.

"There was the yellow card for the high tackle on Simon Zebo and they are looking at the other incident involving Sam Cane and Robbie Henshaw.

"I don’t think we are whinging at all. I think the facts speak for themselves. We’re don’t cite anybody.

"We don’t make complaints to the citing officer because at the end of the day they have the angles to look at the game.

"The citing officer has the angles to look at it forensically."

Asked if the citings meant that referee Jaco Peyper had not done his job, he added: " I wouldn’t say that, I mean obviously the citing commissioner has got the advantage of different views. He’s got time, he’s got 24 hours post-game to look right through the game forensically. I think it is difficult for a referee to pick up everything on the spot, he does depend on his TMO, he depends on his assistant referees to pick these things up as well."

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