Kiss wants drop goal rule to be changed

Updated: June 20, 2012

Ireland backs coach Les Kiss has called for changes to be made to the rule regarding missed dropped goals following Ireland’s narrow defeat to New Zealand over the weekend.

The Australian was not happy that New Zealand out half star Dan Carter was given a second chance to land the last minute drop goal which saw the World champions clinch a 22-19 victory over an Irish side that had led 10-0 midway through the first half and 10-9 at half-time.

Referee Nigel Owens awarded a five-metre scrum to the All Blacks after Carter’s first attempt at a game-clincher was deflected wide then touched down, behind the posts, by Eoin Reddan.

“If you go for a drop goal and miss then why should you get the ball back from a missed kick?” asked Kiss.

“That shouldn’t have been their advantage. They went through it and missed it as we were good enough to stop it. It is like a tackle. If we tackled him there, trying to attempt a field goal, but we tackled him before it, we would get the ball back.

“But that doesn’t happen. That’s probably a law (the International Rugby Board) could look at.”

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