Irish want drop goal rule change after loss
Wed, 20 Jun 2012 1:41p.m.
Ireland rugby team assistant coach Les Kiss feels there should be a rule change concerning missed dropped goals following his side's 22-19 defeat to New Zealand in the second Test.
Kiss, who coaches the Irish backs, was unhappy that All Blacks first five-eighth Dan Carter was gifted a second chance to land the winning drop goal.
Referee Nigel Owens awarded a five-metre scrum to the All Blacks after Carter's first attempt at a game-clincher was deflected wide then touched down, behind the posts, by Eoin Reddan.
"If you go for a drop goal and miss then why should you get the ball back from a missed kick?" asked Kiss.
"That shouldn't have been their advantage. They went through it and missed it as we were good enough to stop it.
"It is like a tackle. If we tackled him there, trying to attempt a field goal, but we tackled him before it, we would get the ball back. But that doesn't happen. That's probably a law (the International Rugby Board) could look at."
The Australian believes Ireland pressured the All Blacks consistently throughout the Test match in Christchurch and cut out the space that led to first Test woes against the likes of Julian Savea and Conrad Smith.
"They played well but they couldn't break us," he said.
"It was fantastic, what the boys did, but unfortunately you want to win and that is the taste that is left in your mouth."
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21/06/2012 8:34:32 a.m.
What Les is talking about already exists. If team A misses a drop goal and team B touches the ball down in their in goal area it is a 22 drop out. What effectively happened is Ireland "carried" the ball back into their in goal area (it was touched in flight by Ireland) they then touched it down. Result, 5 metre scrum to the All Blacks. One could argue that the All Black pressure prevented them from running it out of their in goal area leaving no other option but to touch down. I think Les may have missed the fact that Ireland touched the ball in flight. Otherwise his comment seems a little silly.
20/06/2012 3:53:35 p.m.
Is his name really Les Kiss? I remember my first Les Kiss. I had no complaints.
20/06/2012 2:51:02 p.m.
How sad! The Irish played well of course - full credit to them, but I think Les Kiss just let the team down with his suggestion because anyone reading this would just think - SORE LOSER!!! If the role was reversed would they still want to change that rule? Come on! The Irish team should just stop complaining and start showing the kiwi's what their made of! We can blame whom ever we want but at the end of the day, the score board says it all!
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