After complaining several times about refereeing in most of Chiefs’ knockdowns (six in a row) at Super Rugby Aotearoa, Gatland this time didn’t after the 33-31 loss to Highlanders in Hamilton by the sixth date of the tournament New Zealander.
The controversial move in question came when chief referee Mike Fraser and Brendon Pickerill (TMO) correctly decided to go into a scrum for accidental offside on a key play of the game. The ball touched Sam Cane’s knee and then Kaleb Trask’s foot. However, the rules state that the referee can only go back two phases to call the TMO, but this time three rucks had already passed before McKenzie’s try that was later canceled with the video review.
“I am not unhappy with the decision. I should have taken it earlier. It can be argued that he could have continued playing and said that it was a try, “Gatland said after the game in Waikato.
In addition, the coach analyzed: “Sometimes in teams, winning becomes a habit, and losing also. You have to be smart in terms of how to get out of it, so we are quite disappointed”
For the Chiefs, the loss total equals their worst losing streak. The previous two were in the 1998-1999 and 2008-2009 seasons. “I have been training a long time. Sometimes you are very successful and other times you must handle some disappointments. The key to that is to continue to work hard and learn from those experiences and make them positive, “said Gatland.