12 Aug 2009

Deans unhappy with players' on-field lapses

7:43 am on 12 August 2009

The Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has threatened to drop players for continued lapses in on-field discipline after sin-binnings robbed them of manpower during their 29-17 loss to South Africa at the weekend.

Apart from conceding 13 penalties at Newlands in Cape Town, referee Alain Rolland showed the yellow card to three players: Matt Giteau, Richard Brown and George Smith.

Australia's bid to break a more than 20-year winless drought at Eden Park against the All Blacks last month also collapsed in a hail of penalties, the Wallabies squandering an early 10-point lead to lose 22-16.

While concerned about the referee's performance, Deans says the lack of discipline had cost the Wallabies against South Africa and flagged a harder line against offenders.