All Blacks legend Buck Shelford says Wallabies were robbed of victory
Former All Blacks captain Buck Shelford said a wrong decision by match officials robbed the Wallabies of victory over New Zealand at ANZ Stadium.
And once again it was Richie McCaw who hoodwinked the referee and got away with it.
Shelford argued the try by the All Blacks skipper in the 65th minute that sparked New Zealand’s comeback when they were trailing 22-9 should never have been awarded.
"The 23-22 win over the Wallabies was the ugliest of the All Blacks' season -- no doubt about it -- and if the officials played by the rules it would have been their first defeat too," Shelford said on the tvnz website.
"Richie McCaw clearly broke from the scrum before the ball was out and should have been penalised for receiving a pass from Kieran Read.
"The match officials didn't pick it up and neither did the television commentators, but I have no doubt the Wallabies were robbed. Some calls go your way, some don't, but the All Blacks will know deep down that they were lucky to win," Shelford said.
That admission will be of little comfort to Wallabies coach Robbie Deans.
"I think they (All Blacks) would have had more moments of anxiety across the full 80 yesterday than they have had previously," Deans said.
"We have got to find a way to win and we essentially found it in all reality, we just didn't score more points."