Warren Gatland has ruthlessly stymied Samu Kerevi's attempt to drop Leigh Halfpenny's defensive kick, which was worth at least one penalty, but he rose above the noise and loudly demanded consistency.
"I thought it was ruthless," he said. "It may have been a penalty or a yellow card. He wanted to contact him, but he left that shoulder. He could have turned his back or stretched an arm to soften the blow. But I'm not worried about the constancy. It's hard work for a referee. If the referee raises his hand and says he made a mistake, I'm happy with it. "
This time, the referee, Ben O'Keefe, without consulting the TMO, decided that there was nothing Kerevi could do that the contact was coincidental. None of this changed the fact that Halfpenny had to be removed for an assessment of the head injury after a fierce match in which he had missed two light penalties in the first half and found a salvation measure in the second.
"I do not think I would see the day Leigh misses the two posts," Gatland said. "You know how he is. I was not worried that he would have missed the kicks. He is so concentrated. His performance was excellent. He was really good. If he had missed kicking in the past, his game might have split, but world-class players would not allow it. "
After seven wins and third in the world ranking behind New Zealand and Ireland, Wales looks to the rest of November with confidence. Further victories over Tonga and South Africa would be her first clean autumn sweep. Gatland is obviously thrilled to see his team developing with the World Cup in less than a year. Wales will also face Australia, which makes this victory all the more positive after 13 consecutive defeats. The Wallabies look less happy. This was her eighth defeat in eleven years. Had they kicked one of the two light penalties in the second half, the result might have been different, but if you take a defeat, every decision seems to go wrong.
"If I had time again, I would have gone for the shot," said her captain Michael Hooper. "I supported our boys, but reading the game was probably wrong."
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