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Drotske critical of crucial try call

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Sportal.co.nz     22 Mar 2014     Getty Images

It was the second time on their tour to Australasia they had suffered in that way.

"In my opinion it wasn't a yellow card. I think two crucial decisions today really cost us. The yellow card and the double movement [for George Moala's try] when the TMO clearly said it was a double movement and the ref [Argentinian Francisco Pastrana] over-ruled him," Drotske said.

"We needed a bit of luck and we didn't have it today. It was the Blues' turn so hopefully in the future some of those decisions can go for us."

Drotske said he would be seeking clarification from Sanzar referees' boss Lyndon Bray about the ruling of Moala's try.

"I just think if you are going to over-rule the TMO it has got to be clear and obvious. In my opinion if that wasn't double movement then I don't understand the rule of double movement," he said.

The side had held onto the ball much better than earlier in their tour and there were two or three times when they got the ball over the line but couldn't finish as the Blues scrambled to deny them the tries.

"I think it would have been a very good game if one of those opportunities had been scored and it was 30-30 or very close," he said.

Adrian Strauss said he thought the game had been a step up for his side, they were better on attack and more structured in defence.

"But there were two or three soft moments in the game and one of those we didn't have any luck and the 50-50s [going] against you and we were in the game.

"We gave ourselves opportunities, we were behind 14 points so we fought back but couldn't pull it through on the day and credit to the Blues, they had a good day, especially after travel [from South Africa at the weekend]," Strauss said.

In spite of a high penalty count in the game Strauss said there were still a lot of opportunities to play rugby.

"It wasn't that bad a game to play, it did open up a bit and yes there were a lot of penalties but that is part of the game and you need to deal with that. But like I say the Blues on the day dealt with everything better than us," he said.