Warren Gatland, the Wales coach, beats Samu Kerevi's "ruthless" sport

Warren Gatland, the Wales coach, beats Samu Kerevi's "ruthless" sport

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. "

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