Gatland banks on refereeing improvement in second Test

Frank Dalleres
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BRITISH and Irish Lions boss Warren Gatland is confident there will be no repeat of the refereeing controversy of last week in Saturday’s second Test against Australia.

Official Chris Pollock was criticised for his handling of the Lions 23-21 win in Brisbane, and Gatland is optimistic there will be no repeat when Craig Joubert takes charge in Melbourne.

“Craig Joubert is a very experienced referee. We’ll put the first Test behind us and it will probably be good for him having been an assistant referee in that match,” head coach Gatland said.

“We’ll meet with him just to get an insight into how he’s going to referee the breakdown. We felt there were a couple of off-the-ball incidents last week.

“A few players came off the field feeling a bit frustrated. They found it difficult a couple of times when they were penalised. But that’s behind us now and we’re confident next weekend with Craig Joubert.”

Australia captain James Horwill escaped punishment in the first Test after his trampling on the face of Lions forward Alun-Wyn Jones, who needed stitches to his eye, was deemed to have been accidental.