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Aust ref Gardner gets Super Rugby semi

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 26/07/2016

Lausii Taliauli of the Brumbies was denied a try by referee, Angus Gardner during the Super Rugby Quarterfinal match against the Highlanders © Brendon Thorne/Getty Images Lausii Taliauli of the Brumbies was denied a try by referee, Angus Gardner during the Super Rugby Quarterfinal match against the Highlanders Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham's tirade has cut no ice with officials who have appointed rising Australian referee Angus Gardner to handle one of the two Super Rugby semi-finals.

Gardner was given the tick of approval on Tuesday, assigned to the Hurricanes' clash with the Chiefs in Wellington on Saturday.

South Africa's Jaco Peyper will control the other semi between the Lions and the Highlanders in Johannesburg.

An emotional Larkham slammed the officiating after the Brumbies were beaten 15-9 by the Highlanders in their quarter-final, claiming they should have won.

He felt the Brumbies should have been given a scrum penalty near the posts in the dying minutes and also should have been awarded a try when replacement winger Lausii Taliauli went over in the 75th minute, although the TMO's replays showed no sign of the ball being grounded over the line.

"It was clearly a try for everyone who saw it," Larkham said after the match.

"It's really disappointing that a game comes down to that. We should be in the semi-finals right now."

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