John Plumtree hits out at Wallabies' off-the-ball tactics

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All Blacks assistant coach John Plumtree says some of their senior players are "fired up" about the Wallabies' niggling tactics in Wellington last Sunday.

The Wallabies claimed a surprise 16-16 draw in the Bledisloe Cup Test in what was Kiwi coach Dave Rennie's first match in charge.

On Wednesday, Plumtree, a former Hurricanes and Sharks coach - was asked if there had been any similarities in the way the Wallabies played and the Chiefs teams Rennie had coached.

"Yeah there were, and we knew that was coming. That type of play on the field has got to be dealt with by the ref. There were several occasions where there were some off-ball incidents, but it's got to be dealt with properly on the field," Plumtree told reporters in Auckland.

"We've got to be able to adjust to that as well, and I think that's probably why you've got a couple of senior players in particular pretty fired up about it.'

When probed on whether he was disappointed in New Zealand referee Paul Williams and his assistants, Plumtree responded: "They see what they see, and if Paul missed stuff, then he's missed it.

"But if it's a consistent habit that he's seeing and it’s not being looked after then obviously we'd be disappointed. We haven't had those conversations with the referee.

"But it is what it is. If their intent is greater than ours around off-ball incidents, then we've just got to make sure we have a crack back at them."

Plumtree didn't want to go into further detail about what irked them.

"All Blacks don't cry - we just get on with it, and adjust to how the game is being refereed. That's in every department - breakdown, set-piece ... we have to adjust to how the game is being played."

Angus Gardner, who was an assistant referee in Wellington last weekend, will referee this Sunday's Test at Eden Park.

The All Blacks haven't lost at Eden Park since 1994 and Australia's last win there was in 1986.

- Compiled by Sport24 staff

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