Chiefs coach Warren Gatland has admitted he and his coaching staff were left "furious" by a referee's missed call moments before a Crusaders try in yesterday's close loss in Christchurch.
Gatland wasted little time after the 18-13 loss to question match official James Doleman over his decision not to penalise Crusaders midfielder Jack Goodhue for not rolling away from a ruck.
Goodhue slowed the Chiefs attack as he lay in the ruck but no advantage was signalled for his actions before halfback Brad Weber finally cleared the ball.
One phase later, the Chiefs bungled the ball into touch where Crusaders winger Sevu Reece caught them napping and used a quick throw-in to set up Will Jordan for his second try of the match.
While Reece was fetching the ball, the Chiefs appeared to be talking to Doleman about the missed call, giving Reece his moment to strike.
Gatland said the moment left the Chiefs' coach's box very heated.
This week, the Highlanders will take on the Crusaders at 7.05pm Saturday while the Chiefs will face the Hurricanes at 3.35pm Sunday.
[Source: TV NZ]
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