Boks cry foul with ref over defeat

The disappointed Springboks said leniency by Australian referee Stuart Dickinson towards All Blacks captain Richie McCaw may have cost them Saturday's Tri-Nations rugby Test.

The disappointed Springboks said leniency by Australian referee Stuart Dickinson towards All Blacks captain Richie McCaw may have cost them Saturday's Tri-Nations rugby Test.

The score was locked at 6-6 in the second half when South African Pedrie Wannenburg was sin-binned for not releasing the ball at a breakdown.

In his absence, the All Blacks kicked two penalties and then added three tries in the dying stages of the game to win 33-6.

But the Springboks complained that McCaw was guilty of the same offence, yet was allowed to stay on the field, even though Dickinson had earlier warned both captains he would not stand for deliberate infringements.

Springboks skipper Johann Muller was unhappy that a yellow card proved the turning point in the match.

"In that 10 minutes when Pedrie was off, we defended really well but the legs got really tired and in the last 10 minutes we struggled.

"It just amazes me that, for exactly that same offence, Richie McCaw wasn't sent off." - Sapa

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