Proof Aussies were robbed: Controversial start to All Blacks clash

Author
NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Sun, 11 Oct 2020, 5:04PM
Rieko Ioane's foot is clearly on the white line in the lead up to the opening try. Photo / Sky Sport
Rieko Ioane's foot is clearly on the white line in the lead up to the opening try. Photo / Sky Sport

Proof Aussies were robbed: Controversial start to All Blacks clash

Author
NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Sun, 11 Oct 2020, 5:04PM

The All Blacks' opening try of the 2020 season was a controversial one.

Jordie Barrett crossed over for his side's first try in more than 11 months when he scored in the ninth minute of today's Bledisloe Cup test in Wellington.

However television replays showed teammate Rieko Ioane put a foot in touch in the lead-up to the try.

The All Blacks centre received the ball down the lefthand touch from George Bridge and stepped on the sideline, with the assistant referee Angus Gardner, an Australian, right behind him.

Fortunately for the All Blacks, Gardner's flag remained down as Ioane was tackled 10 metres up field before New Zealand got quick ball resulting in Barrett with a free run to the righthand corner.

Barrett failed to convert his own try as the All Blacks took an early 5-0 lead.

 

;