Foster laments try call


Saturday, March 11, 2006    Sportal    Photosport

The home side led the Rebel Sport Super 14 fixture 16-15 going into the half-time break and dominated for much of the second half, despite eventually conceding the match.

A crucial point for Foster was a disallowed try by towering wing Sitiveni Sivivatu in the 58th minute.

The Fijian-born All Black looked to have ploughed through the Crusaders' defence and dotted down to increase his side's lead, but upon further examination by the third match official (TMO) it was ruled he had been held up over the line.

The disallowed try proved to be a turning point in the match as the Crusaders regained composure before scoring a brilliant try through No 8 Mose Tuiali'i moments later.

"The fact is it was a try. The fact it didn't come up on the TMO is just one of those things, the rub of the green didn't go our way," said a despondent Foster after the game.

"I'm certainly interested in understanding the benefit of the doubt towards the attacking team."

Skipper Jono Gibbes was as equally disappointed with the result after such a fierce physical battle.

"I'm pretty happy with Siti's [Sivivatu] judgment and he was pretty confident so it's just one of those things I guess," he said.

Foster highlighted how a number of close calls went against the Chiefs and believed the result could have gone either way.

"There were three kick-offs in a row that there were some interesting calls made," he said.

"You win or lose on marginal calls so as long as the officials are making the right clear confident decisions that's all you can ask.

"I'm certainly disappointed with the charge-down try, which obviously came from a ref being in a position between our nine and 10 and for me it was an easy blow the whistle and start again."

The Chiefs head coach believed his side played well enough to trounce the competition's undefeated franchise.

However, he did admit letting the Crusaders score 15 points early in the contest made things difficult for the Chiefs.

"The fact is we came back. We gifted 15 points to a good team and were unlucky to lose," said Foster.

Gibbes also paid credit to the hard work put in by his side throughout the enthralling encounter.

"I felt we played really positively and tried to give ourselves opportunities and we didn't quite get there in the end but I felt the boys really gave their guts and weren't quite rewarded which was a bit frustrating," he said.