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Cheika shaken by Twickenham decision

Cheika shaken by Twickenham decision
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But Australia coach has no complaints about outcome of match.

England were declared worthy winners by Michael Cheika but the Australia coach raged at yet another controversial refereeing decision at Twickenham this autumn.

Eddie Jones' men were emphatic 37-18 winners in the concluding Quilter International after second-half tries from Elliot Daly, Joe Cokanasiga and Owen Farrell swept them out of sight.

But once more the spotlight fell on the officiating after referee Jaco Peyper declined to punish Farrell for a shoulder-led tackle on Izack Rodda as he stopped the onrushing Wallabies lock on the stroke of half-time.

Peyper declined to use the TMO for a challenge that Sir Clive Woodward said should have been a penalty try – an outcome which would have thrust Australia 17-13 ahead with a conversion to come.

Farrell escaped sanction for a similar tackle in the autumn opener against South Africa, while a week later England were denied victory against New Zealand when a late try was ruled out by the TMO.

"I think it was a penalty try, yeah. I do. I want to make it clear that England were the better team. They deserved to win and had us under pressure for many minutes of the game," Cheika said.

Wales v Australia – Autumn International – Principality Stadium
Australia manager Michael Cheika said England were deserved winners at Twickenham (David Davies/PA)

"But the justification that Rodda tried to take him on with his shoulder is ludicrous – that's what the referee said. That's what you do when you carry the ball!

"I went to the referees' meeting they had here before the Wales game at the start of the autumn and they referred back to the Owen Farrell tackle against South Africa.

"At the meeting Angus Gardiner (referee of England v South Africa) was hung out to dry when it was said in front of all the coaches that that should categorically have been a penalty. And if that's a penalty, this is three penalties.

"We had three disallowed tries and not one referral. Maybe we need to move Australia up to the northern hemisphere."

Rugby Union – Rugby World Cup 2015 – Pool D – France v Romania – Olympic Stadium
One of the decisions made by referee Jaco Peyper was highlighted after the Twickenham contest (Mike Egerton/PA)

Jones adopted the same line he has used throughout the autumn when asked for his view on the officiating of Farrell's tackle by refusing to criticise the officials.

"You guys love the TMO, I don't. I just accept whatever decision the TMO makes and that is the end of it," Jones said.

"We have had some good decisions, we have had some bad decisions, we just accept them."

"Speak to Michael about it. I'm sure he'll talk about it. Why talk to me about Michael Cheika?"

England v Australia – Quilter Autumn International – Twickenham
Eddie Jones has high hopes for Joe Cokanasiga (Adam Davy/PA)

Cokanasiga ran in England's third try as the poorest Australia team seen at Twickenham for some time began to fall apart and the 21-year-old Bath powerhouse almost added a second with a brilliant catch and run.

Jones added: "Joe's just starting. He's still got his training pants on. Wait until he gets proper pants. He'll be able to play a bit. He'll definitely get them. He's going shopping now."


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