The disappointed Springboks said leniency by Australian referee Stuart Dickinson towards All Blacks captain Richie McCaw may have cost them Saturday's Tri-Nations rugby Test.The score was locked at 6-6 in the second half when South African Pedrie Wannenburg was sin-binned for not releasing the ball at a breakdown. In his absence the All Blacks kicked two penalties and then added three tries in the dying stages of the game to win 33-6. But the Springboks complained that McCaw was guilty of the same offence yet was allowed to stay on the field, even though Dickinson earlier warned both captains he would not stand for deliberate infringements. Springboks skipper Johann Muller was unhappy that a yellow card proved the turning point in the match. "In that 10 minutes when Pedrie was off, we defended really well but the legs got really tired and in the last 10 minutes we struggled. "It just amazes me that, for exactly that same offence, Richie McCaw wasn't sent off. And if that happened it would have been a totally different game," he said. "The yellow card made the difference." No stranger to complaints It is the second time this year the losing coach has questioned Dickinson's performance. French mentor Bernard Laporte confronted the Australian in a hotel lobby after a loss to the All Blacks last month. Asked if referees were scared of McCaw, last year's International Rugby Board Player of the Year, Muller said: "It looks like it." But All Blacks assistant coach Steve Hansen dismissed the Springbok claims and said they were frustrated because they could not combat a quality number seven such as McCaw. All Blacks defend skipper "It's easy to say Richie's getting away with blue murder. But if you remove the emotion out of it, he's very good at making a tackle, getting to his feet, fighting for the ball, particularly when we've won the tackle," he said. "He's that quick ? he'll make a tackle and get to his feet. Sometimes it's an optical illusion." Hooker Keven Mealamu believed McCaw should not have been penalised as often as he was. "Some of the things they were getting away with, it's not really justified. I personally think he (McCaw) was pretty unlucky to be given some of those penalties with those turnovers." South African coach Jake White said he agreed with his captain but was more diplomatic in his criticism. "Had he given that penalty and a yellow card against the All Blacks and they'd played one man short, especially with the captain, who knows what would have happened," White said. "But that's Test rugby and that's the reality." Game-breakers needed White said the big lesson from the Test was the value of having game-breakers who could come off the bench and change the course of the match in the final 20 minutes. "You win games with the 22 in the squad, not just the 15 who start," he said. Replacements accounted for two of the three late All Blacks tries ? halfback Brendon Leonard and inside centre Nick Evans ? while Daniel Carter was gifted the final one right on full time. The win put the All Blacks level with Australia at the head of the Tri-nations ladder, with their clash in Auckland next weekend set to decide the series. But all was not lost for White, who rested his top 20 players for the All Blacks Test with an eye to freshening them before the World Cup begins in France in September. "We've beaten the All Blacks (once) every year for the last three years, so we've only got one more game hopefully against them ? in the World Cup. And if my sums are right it should be okay.