Crusaders prop cited for alleged foul play

Joanna Estrada
May 16, 2018

It proved to be the catalyst for the Crusaders' record-breaking 31-29 comeback win at AMI Stadium.

O'Keeffe was standing on Barrett's side of the ruck but did not see the incident and the citing commissioner did not refer it to the foul play review committee in the aftermath, as he did for Joe Moody's off-the-ball shot on NSW No.12 Kurtley Beale.

Moody was playing his first Super Rugby match of the year, having recovered from a severe shoulder injury suffered last September, followed by a month out with a fractured finger.

If the try had been disallowed, the Crusaders could have easily been down 29-0 at the halftime break.

But the incident angered former Wallabies George Gregan, Rob Kafer and Stephen Hoiles during television commentary of the match.

Fox Sports analyst Rod Kafer said it was a red card offence. The try should not be scored.

Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson was frustrated the Moody incident - that he labelled as a key moment in the game - was not picked up on-field.

Hanigan was one of four players forced off with injury in loss to the Crusaders, but attack coach Chris Malone expects him to be the only one who misses.

"I was a goalkicker myself and I know you'll sometimes have an off day", Malone said.

The defeat meant Australian teams have gone 39 games without a victory over a New Zealand side.

But Hoiles and Gregan are growing exhausted of Australia's Kiwi rivals pushing the limits of the law. Some of the things we have displayed in those games were some of the things we were criticised for not displaying a year ago. the physicality we brought to the game, in going across there and showing what this NSW team is all about.

"(There's) a couple of things they need to look at and we had such a good start, how do we put the final nail in the coffin?"

"We have to be a little bit craftier off the ball".

A calamitous loss for the Queensland Reds, the surrender of a 29-point lead by the New South Wales Waratahs and a shockingly small crowd in Canberra captured all the ills of Australian Super Rugby in a handful of hours on Saturday. "We can't let the referee make all these decisions". "There's probably a couple you could say: "Hang on, maybe he could blow the whistle" but you won't because you've been pushing it the whole time and that's what good teams do and the referee lets that go".

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