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McKenzie bemoans 'missed' calls

Sat, 02 Nov 2013 20:06
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Australian coach Ewen McKenzie was left thinking of what might have been, after two controversial tries sparked England into coming from behind to beat the Wallabies 20-13 at Twickenham on Saturday.

England were 6-13 behind early in the second half when fullback Mike Brown, from just in front of his own line, launched a counter-attack that led to a converted try for England captain Chris Robshaw in the 50th minute.

Video replays showed the fullback had his foot on the touchline.

Seven minutes later, England crossed Australia's try-line again when flyhalf Owen Farrell, who missed three first-half penalties, surprised the tourists by exploiting a gap between Wallaby captain Ben Mowen and hooker Stephen Moore.

The television match official checked for a possible obstruction by England replacement hooker Dylan Hartley on Moore before the try was awarded by Irish referee George Clancy.

England prevented an Australia side who'd posted 33 points, albeit conceding 41 in defeat by world champions New Zealand in Dunedin in October, from scoring at all in the second half.

McKenzie, reflecting on England's first try, said: "Obviously, it was flashed up on the big screen.

"That was a 90-metre turnaround and there's seven points at the end of it.

"Theoretically, we should have been having a line-out five metres out [from England's line].

"You rely on these things, but in the end we will just look at the opportunities we had and the mistakes we made.

"The second one [England try] had the benefit of the TMO looking at it without the pressure of the moment.

"We can debate those things, it's like forward passes, there were a bunch of those too. We can debate those things until you are blue in the face.

"It's not going to change the outcome," former Wallaby prop McKenzie, a member of the Australia side that beat England in the 1991 World Cup final at Twickenham, added.

An increased intensity from Stuart Lancaster's side proved too much for the visitors, and McKenzie was disappointed that they could not handle the pressure.

"We didn't handle the second half as well as we would have liked. England squeezed us a bit at crucial moments and were able to manage the game," McKenzie said.

"I thought we did pretty well in the first half. We fought a 7-1 penalty count against us at the 35-minute mark, yet we led at half-time."

The Wallabies will be concerned about flank Scott Fardy, who was stretchered off the field with a bad knock.

McKenzie said Fardy was standing up in the dressing room after the match and did not appear to be badly hurt.

He will be subject to follow-up testing in coming days.

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