12 Sep 2014

Cruden happy with referees

12:50 pm on 12 September 2014

Despite some refereeing howlers in the Rugby Championship, the All Blacks first-five Aaron Cruden doesn't want technology or off-field referees to play a greater role in officiating.

Aaron Cruden, Sydney, 2014.

Aaron Cruden, Sydney, 2014. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Argentina was denied a try in the Test against the All Blacks when French referee Pascal Gauzere ruled the Pumas number eight, Leonardo Senatore, had knocked the ball on when in fact he'd charged down a kick from Ma'a Nonu.

Then in Perth, Irish referee George Clancy sin-binned the Springbok Bryan Habana for a high tackle, when the winger had actually grabbed Wallaby Adam Ashley-Cooper around the chest.

Cruden says coping with on-field decisions is part of the game.