Boks poor and ref useless!
September 15, 2013 in Uncategorized
How is this even possible in today’s game that refs as professionals can still be so useless. Why are players and coaches fined when they publically question absurb refereing; to protect refs and officials of abuse at junior level? (I accept); however, we are taking about elite athletes earning big bucks that could be influenced by rubbish decisionmaking by officials!
Even now that the IRB has admitted one of their employees were so wrong, no action against him is currently considered! Ridiculous!
The International Rugby Board has confirmed that French referee Romain Poite was wrong in his decision to give Bismarck du Plessis his first yellow card during the Boks’ clash against the All Blacks in Saturday’s Castle Lager Rugby Championship match in Auckland.
This useless sin binning of the outstanding Bismarck du Plessis did end the contest and any chance of the Boks beating the World Champions. The Boks played for +48 minutes with 14 men. Even more laughable is Steve Hansen’s comment that the All Blacks also ‘lost’ two players in the last ten minutes! Really, Stevie-boy! By then the game was already in the bag and they didn’t play with 13 men the whole 10 minutes as Ma’a Nonu was only binned in the last few minutes! Hopefully Nonu will be cited for his shoulder charge on Bok captain Jean de Villiers!
Poite’s decision was in the same useless class than Bryce Lawrence against the Boks in the WC 2011 semi vs the Wallabies and Clive Norling in the infamous 10 minutes of extra injury time (making two blunders; was not foot up by Robert Cockrell and Dave Loveridge passed the ball of the quick tap, which meant in those days players could tackle opponent even if they were not 10 meters away) against the Boks vs the All Blacks in 1981, ironically also at Eden Park!
Bismarck’s second yellow has some merit. You can palm off with an open hand or shoulder. He connected with the elbow. In his defense, it could be argued that it happend too quickly for him to extend his arm and that Liam Messam went in high for the tackle. If he had better techinique he would have not been hit in the throat! That incident was marginal and rugby is a contact sport, so a yellow was questionable.
Would the All Blacks still have one? Who knows? The Boks did start to take control the last 10 minutes just before the break!
The Springboks put up a decent 14-man display,however, were also poor in various aspects. Their tactical kicking was poor and their kick chasing and contesting for the box kicks etc below standard. Ruan Pienaar is too slow and should be replaced. Jannie du Plessis and Zane Kirchener must spend more time practising on the tackling bags and the rest of the Boks commitment in defense left a lot to be disappointed in.
The Boks were also caught off guard with clever line-out play for the All Blacks first try. That came after a hopeless kick from Bryan Habana. How many blunders has he made in test rugby that lead to tries for others? The All Blacks still broke the Boks’ defensive lines too easily and played at a superrior pace.
The Boks did have the upper hand at scrum and lineout time, however, Kirchner, Pienaar and JJ Engelbrecht must go. Give Patrick Lambie, Juan de Jongh and Jano Vermaak/Piet van Zyl a go! Bring back Andries Bekker pronto! Morne Steyn is also not the long term solution. It pitty Johan Goosen is injury prone!
The Boks lost on the scoreboard, however, won the battle and hurt the kiwis physically! A pitty a great test matched was runied by Monsieur Poite!