After locking up the Bledisloe Cup and ensuring a little extra job security, All Blacks coach Ian Foster was in no mood to offer sympathy to the heartbroken Wallabies.
Sure, he doffed his cap for their immense contribution to a bizarre, captivating and controversial Test match at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium.
But he claimed that Bernard Foley should have known better than to test the patience of Mathieu Raynal, the French referee who was booed off the pitch by angry Australians.
“I thought it was very clear cut,” Foster said of the momentous call to strip Australia’s penalty for time wasting and hand a scrum to the All Blacks.
“They were delaying the kick. He said time off. He warned him, then he said time off and then he said to speed up, then he said time on. Then he asked him twice to kick it.
“I understand there is a contentious nature about it but it was very clear cut from the opposition.”
The All Blacks, in case you missed it, capitalised on their good fortune with Jordie Barrett scoring in the corner to secure the famous cup ahead of the September 24 rematch at Eden Park.
Despite no-one seeming to have witnessed such a call before, Foster said that the Wallabies should have handled the moment better.
“Part of your game management is listen to the referee,” Foster said