Wallabies look to harness Bledisloe ‘hurt’ for Eden Park clash

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Rugby Australia have played down reports of having submitted a formal complaint to World Rugby about Raynal’s decision, but expressed wider concerns to headquarters in Dublin about officiating in the current game.

The Wallabies used regular channels to World Rugby’s refereeing office to seek an explanation for Raynal’s call.

Chaos ... Raynal at the centre of the action after his controversial call.

Chaos … Raynal at the centre of the action after his controversial call.Credit:Getty

Ala’alatoa said senior players and staff reviewed the moment on Sunday and took lessons.

“We can only control what we can control and you have to take the ref’s decision out of it. From our perspective as leaders, we have to look at that moment about how we can be better,” Ala’alatoa said.

“One is getting a clear call, and executing it straight away. That was the big two learning points from that scenario at the end if that game.”


The players are now ready for possibility a referee will make a game-defining call out of the blue in the last minute.

“That’s our learning from that game as well. I have never been part of a rugby game where that’s happened, before. But now we have learned that, in the process of making those decisions, we need to be better,” Ala’alatoa said.

The Wallabies haven’t won at Eden Park since 1986 and while hope springs anew each year, the same result eventuates. The extraordinary scenes at Marvel Stadium bring a new motivation to the equation.

“The feeling within the players was that we played a great game. We showed a lot of character and connection to work ourselves back into that game,” Ala’alatoa said.

“You look at the game and all the boys and everyone in the environment is disappointed and we just have to harness that and take that to New Zealand.

“The boys are hurting and you can see that. Not only the boys but the staff as well. We just have to make sure we channel that in the right direction. We have to got to be clinical with the way we play.”

The Wallabies will be without Rob Leota, however, who has suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon and will be out for the rest of the year.

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