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Ref's decisions won't be an issue for New Zealand, maintains Kaino

 

Referee Jaco Peyper has been described as a "pretty good" communicator as he prepares to take charge of Saturday's first Test between New Zealand and the British and Irish Lions.

The South African official will be under an intense spotlight at Eden Park, Auckland as both sides strive for immediate success in the three-Test series.

Lions head coach Warren Gatland has already highlighted what he sees as New Zealand players illegally blocking to prevent opponents contesting possession in the air, with that issue surfacing during last weekend's victory over New Zealand Maori.

Asked about the blocking suggestions yesterday, All Blacks flanker Jerome Kaino said: "As long as you are within the rules, I don't think there is any problem.

"You have just got to play to the whistle. The ref's ruling on things, you have just got to adapt and adjust as fast as you can.

"He (Peyper) is pretty good in how he commentates to the players in terms of what's going on. You always want to know what he (referee) needs from you, and that is all you can ask for."

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