Weekend Rugby Reviews and Impressions – 13/14 September
September 15, 2013 in Uncategorized
Another weekend of rugby where the BIG talking point is not the quality of the rugby played but the quality of the officials, specifically one Monsieur Poite (pronounced Pwat as in Twat) who decided that a legitimate tackle by Bizzie deserve a yellow card, which was later converted into a red.
And up at Loftus Michael Rhodes once again used the wrong side of his brain when he decided to used the boot to get rid of Jono Ross’s hold but connected with his face instead in a no-look stomp.
I get the impression that the quality of refereeing has gone down since the new TMO protocols came in and the duties of the TMO were expanded.
Last week: 2/3
Success rate: 44.44%
Last week: 1/2
Success rate: 75.00%
Cheetahs v Golden Lions: 26-23
I am not going to complain about Elton Jantjies’s ridiculous penalty/yellow card, nor am I going to complain about the Cheetahs’ retreating scrums not being penalised even once for scrumming in, standing up, not staying bound. I’m not, I promise. No, the Lions made enough mistakes all on their own in the first 50 minutes to be the architects of their loss without needing the help of the ref. And he did overrule the TMO on Volmink’s try otherwise we would have had another TMO decision gone wrong.
Griquas v Sharks: 24-25
Can anyone tell me when the Sharks are going to start playing some decent rugby again? Yes, they won but only due to a try in the dying minutes after a Griquas yellow card. The Sharks’ high school coaches are just not getting it right. But a win is a win and it leaves Griquas at the bottom of the log and out of the contest.
Blue Bulls v Western Province: 18-29
Even after Rhodes’s brain fart and WP left to play most of the match one man short the Blue Calves still couldn’t mount a decent enough offence although they did “win” the second half 12-9 and two tries to zip. Meanwhile WP stays unbeaten even though they just cannot build a gap between them and the log jam below them on the log.
Friday, September 20 2013
19:10 – Western Province vs Griquas: DHL Newlands, Cape Town
Saturday, September 21 2013
15:00 – Sharks vs FS Cheetahs: Growthpoint KINGS PARK, Durban
17:05 – Golden Lions vs Blue Bulls: Ellis Park, Johannesburg
New Zealand v South Africa: 29-15
I don’t think the Boks would have won if Bismarck hadn’t been yellow/red carded but we’ll never know. Does Monsieur Twat’s mistake warrant another anti-ref Facebook petition? I don’t think so but others with more time on their hands seem to think so. Anyway, Ellis Park is sold out for the return bout and the Bokke need to sort out some serious issues, including playing a scrummie that don’t suck.
Australia v Argentina: 14-13
OK, it’s official. The Wobblies stink and the Argies are on the rise and they will hope to get their first win in the Rugby Championship when the face the Aussies in the return bout.
Saturday, September 28 2013
17:00 – South Africa vs Australia: DHL Newlands, Cape Town
Sunday, September 29 2013
00:40 – Argentina vs New Zealand: Estadio Ciudad de la Plata, La Plata