McCaw slams 'inconsistency'
Skipper insists All Blacks have to be 'squeaky clean' on tour
Last Updated: 10/11/10 4:11pm
New Zealand captain Richie McCaw admits he is surprised that England hooker Dylan Hartley has escaped disciplinary action.
"With that incident I'm surprised he wasn't up... I don't know whether the ref saw it or not but I certainly made it known to him that I'd been hit. I don't like people to take cheap shots - that annoys me."
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Hartley crashed into McCaw with a forearm challenge in the second half of the All Blacks' 26-16 victory at Twickenham on Saturday, but citing commissioner John West decided to take no further action against the England hooker, who has been promoted from the bench for Saturday's clash against Australia.
New Zealand hooker Keven Mealamu has been hit with a four-week ban after being cited for headbutting Lewis Moody and McCaw was disappointed not to see Hartley in the dock as well.
"It's a little surprising. That's the biggest frustration as a player - the inconsistency," said McCaw.
"I don't like to be bitching and moaning about it - that's not the way I am - but all players would like to see a level of consistency. With that incident I'm surprised he wasn't up.
"I don't know whether the ref saw it or not but I certainly made it known to him that I'd been hit. I don't like people to take cheap shots - that annoys me."
All Blacks lock Brad Thorn saw Hartley make contact with McCaw and shoved the England hooker to the turf, sparking a brief brawl.
"I think you saw my reaction and Brad's reaction in the field, what we thought about it. You don't like those things happening - that's not the game of rugby," McCaw added.
"You have to put your faith in the people that make those decisions. He's obviously decided it wasn't worthy."
McCaw insisted the All Blacks are not targeted by disciplinary officials when on tour in Britain and Ireland but he said: "You've got to be extra squeaky clean.
"You just can't afford to get yourself in a position where the citing officer's going to have a look because more often than not you end up in front of the judiciary."