Irish call for dropped goal rule change

NZ Newswire June 20, 2012, 12:54 pm

Ireland rugby team assistant coach Les Kiss feels there should be a rule change concerning missed dropped goals following his side's 22-19 defeat to New Zealand in the second Test.

Kiss, who coaches the Irish backs, was unhappy that All Blacks first five-eighth Dan Carter was gifted a second chance to land the winning drop goal.

Referee Nigel Owens awarded a five-metre scrum to the All Blacks after Carter's first attempt at a game-clincher was deflected wide then touched down, behind the posts, by Eoin Reddan.

"If you go for a drop goal and miss then why should you get the ball back from a missed kick?" asked Kiss.

"That shouldn't have been their advantage. They went through it and missed it as we were good enough to stop it.

"It is like a tackle. If we tackled him there, trying to attempt a field goal, but we tackled him before it, we would get the ball back. But that doesn't happen. That's probably a law (the International Rugby Board) could look at."

The Australian believes Ireland pressured the All Blacks consistently throughout the Test match in Christchurch and cut out the space that led to first Test woes against the likes of Julian Savea and Conrad Smith.

"They played well but they couldn't break us," he said.

"It was fantastic, what the boys did, but unfortunately you want to win and that is the taste that is left in your mouth."

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  1. Ross09:50pm Wednesday 20th June 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Haha. When I saw the headline I thought the Irish were going to suggest that for every missed drop goal the kickers side gets deducted 3 points. Now that would make drop kickers think twice about trying in desperation.

  2. Scott08:12pm Wednesday 20th June 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    The kick was deflected into the in-goal by the irish then touched down, so thats a 5metre scrum, aint no different than if a ABs player tackled a irish player, pushed him behind the tryline, then made him force it.

  3. tom06:10pm Wednesday 20th June 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Ah but de Eyerich always twist ya about-dey see things in a devilish way-dats why some of 'em have tails.

  4. Leo05:51pm Wednesday 20th June 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    So it was touched in flight, isnt that an attempted chargedown ? did the ball go dead ? if not and touched down by Ireland then its a NZ scrum 5m out isnt it?.

  5. The Misogynist05:36pm Wednesday 20th June 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Ignorance on the player that touched it down,and the coach to even question the call!!

  6. footnmouth05:30pm Wednesday 20th June 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    To ABC and David...WHAAAAA WHaaaaaaaaa....Blubbbaa Blubbaa...Thats right run the Blacks down,,,,I guess the fact we blood new players against your useless lot it pretty much sums Ireland up. Clueless Brainless and Hopeless = Irish Rugby. Void of puting togther a meaningfull back line move or infact even playing attacking rugby. 3 Zip coming up... AGAIN,,,Enjoy ya flight back...Wow a long lonesome flight coming up for your boys...or should I say girls

  7. Hombre05:26pm Wednesday 20th June 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    The ball was touched,hence carried back.

  8. Nortyboy05:24pm Wednesday 20th June 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Oh the irony , a northen hemisphere team complaining about losing by a drop goal.

  9. 05:11pm Wednesday 20th June 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    so would be a different story if they charged it down, then raced away 80meters to score. sour grapes i say.

  10. David04:50pm Wednesday 20th June 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Not unreasonable but I wouldn't expect a one eyed AB fan to agree with the idea, unless of course it had been Ireland in the drop goad kicking position, but then they probably wouldn't have missed like Carter.

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