Wallabies man of the moment Bernard Foley insists he wasn’t trying to deliberately waste time and has taken aim at All Blacks coach Ian Foster for a lack of sympathy after the heartbreaking Bledisloe Cup loss on Thursday.
New Zealand’s 39-37 triumph in Melbourne will be remembered for referee Mathieu Raynal’s unprecedented decision to give the All Blacks a free kick which they then converted into Jordie Barrett’s match-winning try.
Raynal could be heard urging Foley to kick for touch but the five-eighth insists he was merely trying to organise his teammates.
“It was pretty chaotic,” Foley said on Between Two Posts, which will air on Stan Sport on Friday night.
“The ref was trying to speed the game up, we were just trying to get certainty about the call. There was a lot of change of personnel, it was loud, 55,000 people in there, roof closed so we were just trying to get clarity. There’s a process we go through when we’re kicking for touch so we were just going through that.
“My comms to the referee, he said ‘time’s off, can you hurry up and kick?’ There was no times of there was going to be a repercussion or that time was back on.
“So it’s a shame because it was a great game, I was really impressed with the character that the team showed when we went down people and we got behind, to stay in the fight.
“That we’re talking about that is disappointing and still trying to digest it I suppose.”
Footage has emerged on social media highlighting Wallabies teammates – led by Lalakai Foketi – urging Foley to hurry up and kick for touch.
“Keep it tight and try and wind down the clock that way,” he replied.
“It wasn’t trying to get to the buzzer and not kick the ball. I had all intentions to get there and kick the ball and contest that set-piece.”
Foley said the Test was overall played in excellent spirits but was disappointed to read Foster’s comments criticising Australia’s game management.