Wallabies to warn referee of France’s breakout tactics – .

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Wallabies to warn referee of France’s breakout tactics – .


Wallabies insist they are not trying to influence referee Ben O’Keeffe despite comments from coach Dave Rennie that France needs to be looked at more closely when third litmus test is broken of this weekend.
Australia had a chance to win the second test in Melbourne before a brilliant scrimmage penalty against power helped France seal a two-point victory and tie the series at 1-1, and the overall score at 49-49, heading towards Brisbane.

For the third game in a row, the teams will have a Kiwi referee, with O’Keeffe in charge.

France’s smart and determined work on dispatch has been a hallmark of their game, as evidenced by the number of turnovers, but the Wallabies don’t think tourists are properly penalized for ruck infractions.

According to Rennie, players need to step back after making a tackle, but on several occasions the French players got in their way at important moments.
“We talked about post-plate and they’re really strong there,” Rennie said. “I’m not saying it’s still legal and we’ll get some clarification on some things there. We have to be aware that we have to win races and be brutal about it [breakdown] area. We cleaned very well for part of the game [in Melbourne] but we lost key moments and it hurt us.

Noah Lolesio is tackled by Gabin Villier during the first Test at Suncorp Stadium. Credit:Getty

“We talked about it after the first Test. If you get caught on this side [of the ruck] you have to drive east or west. They tend to get on all fours. Other than our nine tripped over to milk a penalty, they are not allowed to be there.

« [Referee] Brendon Pickerill after the first test said [future referees] you have to be strong around that. We felt [France] were able to slow a lot of our ball this way. We will definitely talk to Ben O’Keeffe about this.

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