Smith wants a northern ref
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England coach Tony Smith is unhappy with the standard of refereeing from the Australian whistle-blowers at the World Cup.
England were beaten 36-24 by New Zealand at the weekend and will play the same opposition next Saturday for a place in the final.
The former Leeds tactician is hoping that tournament officials do not give them another Aussie for the crunch clash with the Kiwis in five days' time.
"We've had three Australian referees so far and we've probably struggled under each of them," he said. "The Australians have had an Australian referee, so I don't see why we can't have one from the northern hemisphere."
And Smith feels the result at the weekend would have been very different had Aussie Tony Archer not been in charge of the match.
"We're not happy with what we saw there on the weekend," he added. "There were three tries in our books that we think shouldn't have been awarded. We've been told that two of them, if they had been referred to the video ref, wouldn't have been given.
"The forward pass for the last try was there for all to see."