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'Michael Murphy was hit by everything bar the chairs in the stand today' - Kernan

Ireland boss Joe Kernan was irked by the treatment Murphy received during the second test in Perth.

Image: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

IRELAND MANAGER JOE Kernan indicated his disappointment at the refereeing performances in the wake of Australia’s second test victory in Perth this morning.

Ireland went down 53-50 to the Aussies and Kernan criticised Laois native Maurice Deegan and Australian Matt Stevic after the game.

“I’ll have to look at a lot of the refereeing decisions,” he told RTÉ Sport.

“Michael Murphy took awful abuse all day, a few decisions against us were costly. Aidan O’Shea got a forearm smash here in front of the dugout which nothing happened after.

“I think we need to look at the rules to see is it the right rules we are playing by or have things changed since we got the book a couple of weeks ago.”

Kernan was particularly irked by the treatment Murphy received by the opposition.

“Last week in the first game there were three frees given in our full-back line for off the ball pulling,” Kernan said.

“Michael Murphy was hit by everything bar the chairs in the stand today and I don’t think he got a free inside 21 yards.

Michael Murphy dejected after the game Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

“There’s something wrong here somewhere but until we look at the video and go through the whole thing which we will.

“We will send a copy to the AFL and the referees and to our own Maurice Deegan and I’ll sit down with any of them and if we are wrong we will say we are wrong, what happened to Michael Murphy out there today wasn’t right at all.”

Overall Kernan was pleased with the Irish display and remains optimistic about the future of the series.

“Everybody here enjoyed the game, they were kept on the edge of their seats until the and end we were in with a chance of turning over the ten points.

Michael Murphy with Eddie Betts Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

“Fair play to Australia, they only had four men on the bench today, they lost a man and they kept coming and coming and that shows the character and professionalism they have and the fitness levels they have, they were composed when we weren’t.”

“The (Irish) boys put in a fantastic effort and I thought we deserved to win it.

“They didn’t do it in the end which is disappointing, the boys played some lovely football but we made a lot of mistakes in the last quarter, which we are badly punished for so it was disappointing.”

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