Rugby union - Ref admitted Test blunders, says All Blacks coach

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Rugby union - Ref admitted Test blunders, says All Blacks coach
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- All Blacks coach Steve Hansen Thursday said referee Jaco Peyper admitted a series of blunders during last week's Test draw with Australia -- but added it was no excuse for his team's poor performance.

Coach Steve Hansen, who sought a meeting with the South African referee after the 12-12 draw in Sydney, said Peyper "put his hand up" and confessed he was wrong with one yellow card and several free-kicks.

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

"It was a good conversation, I respect the man for his honesty."

But Hansen said the All Blacks also had an off-day. "I've got to emphasise, it wasn't just his problem. We had a hell of a bad day ourselves."

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