African rugby supporters are often accused of suspecting conspiracies against
the Boks around every corner.
SANZAR just fuelled that suspicion and demonstrated that our claim, that we
often receive “special” treatment from our rivals and “allies”, is not unfounded
or caused by paranoia or perceptions devoid of any truth.
uncharacteristic SANZAR just pointed out a mistake by a referee and an injustice
done to a team.
the referee is a South African and the victim the Brumbies from Australia
probably explains why SANZAR decided to be so honest on this occasion.
the “beneficiary” of the bad piece of refereeing was the Bulls, from South
Africa, also motivated SANZAR to seek moral high grounds and to become an unlikely fraternity
of truth seeking gentlemen.
said the Bulls scored a try after a knock by Morne Steyn and that it cost the
Brumbies the game; i.e. SANZAR officially admitted that referee Marius Jonker
and his assistant referees fucked up.
what commendable honesty and how refreshing to hear these guys actually criticising
a referee. After all we all pleaded with rugby governing and administrative bodies
to be more open about the doings and especially the screwings of referees and
they answered our call and to be honest I am not surprised that it was a South
African referee they saw when they said: there is one in the spotlight, put him
up against the wall.
So then, finally they have named and shamed; but will they
be consistent and do the same when referees from New Zealand and Australia are
mistake was certainly not the first this year, but quite uniquely he is exposed
by SANZAR. Could SANZAR be so bloody kind to point out all the mistakes made by
referees in this year’s Super Series and also name and shame those idiots.
I saw the Bulls’ knock-on; but I also saw the two penalty transgressions in Australia’s
try against the Boks in last year’s world cup.
the spirit of truth and to get closure, I believe all South Africans, including
Jonker, will deeply appreciate an honest and official confirmation from SANZAR
that Bryce Lawrence cost the Boks the world cup and that they will negotiate an
apology from the IRB for not naming and shaming Bryce from New Zealand.