Ewen’s still peeved
21 May 2006
Waratahs coach Ewen McKenzie is not yet finished with South African referee Jonathan Kaplan.
McKenzie all but blamed Kaplan for his team’s narrow Vodacom semi-final loss at the hand’s of the Hurricanes and now intends to take the matter further.
The former Wallaby is still so angry over his team’s harsh treatment at the hands of bogey ref Kaplan in Friday night’s defeat in Wellington he intends lodging an official complaint with Sanzar.
McKenzie told Australian media that after sifting through the match video he would detail a long list of complaints he had over Kaplan’s performance in the 14-16 defeat that knocked the Tahs out of the competition.
The Waratahs have apparently lost 12 successive games on the road with Kaplan on the whistle and sound like they’ve had enough.
“All I want is consistency,” McKenzie told the Sunday Telegraph. “All I ever talk about is consistency. And I don’t know how it can all be so inconsistent.
“I’ve bitten my tongue for a long time but I’ll be outlining it now because it doesn’t seem to get any better,” he whined.
McKenzie’s complaint will include: skipper Chris Whitaker being marched 10m into goal-kicking range; Kaplan not playing advantage when the Tahs were in try-scoring position; a key second-half decision being taken from a player other than the captain; a lineout penalty against Phil Waugh that went against what was being applied elsewhere; a scrum turnover decision that led to the Canes’ only try; and the scrum collapse penalty that handed the Canes their match-winning penalty.