7 Aug 2010

Elsom slyly hints at where he'd like the refs to look please

7:07 am on 7 August 2010

Conditions for tonight's Bledisloe Cup and Tri-Nations rugby Test at the now-sold out AMI Stadium in Christchurch are expected to be wet and cold.

Possession and territory will be crucial and the Wallabies captain Rocky Elsom has highlighted what he says are deliberate All Black infringements to slow their ball down.

Elsom employed some megaphone diplomacy about the keenly contested breakdown area, praising last week's referee Craig Joubert and tonight's official too.

Elsom says all you need is consistency and Joubert did well in that regard, while the other South African who's in charge tomorrow night, Jonathan Kaplan is another very good ref.

The wily flanker says all the players have had Kaplan in the Super 14 and he likes to take control early, so hopefully the referee will do that in Christchurch - a clear pointer that the Australians want All Blacks skipper and openside Richie McCaw watched more closely.

The All Blacks can retain the Bledisloe Cup and prise back the Tri-Nations silverware with another bonus point win.