Dick Muir believes the Crusaders illegally wheeled a scrum to gain the put in which led to Caleb Ralph’s crucial second-half try.
The moment in question came 10 minutes from time when the Sharks stopped a Crusaders charge just short of their tryline and were awarded a 5m scrum. The Crusaders scrum shoved the Sharks back, wheeled the scrum and won a put-in from Aussie referee George Ayoub which led to Ralph’s five-pointer.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“A scrum doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t just spin around,” fumed Muir. “It was a scrum where we had scrambled well to get the ball back. The Crusaders were attacking and they turned it over and scored a try from it. It was a huge turning point.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢Ã¢â‚¬â„¢
Muir said he did not Ã¢â‚¬Å“want to harp on about the wrongs and rightsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ of AyoubÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s decisions and instead praised his young team for pushing the defending champions all the way.
“I thought we took the game to them and we just made a couple of errors,” he said. “However we are a side that’s growing. We’ll take that one bonus point and move on. We’ve got four more games on the road and we are certainly not a side that is going to lie down.”