… me thinks it’s you lot who got off lightly over the weekend.
You might moan about Brad Thorne only getting a week… we moan about you and your predecessors not getting it right once in ten years!
On that sombre note, news24 reports of the Bok management bemoaning the punsihment meted out to Brad Thorne.
The Springbok management on Monday ripped into the match officials for the Wellington Tri-Nations Test against the All Blacks, which the hosts won 19-8.
The Springboks are unhappy with the way the Brad Thorn spear tackle was handled and also the manner in which the All Blacks were able to illegally manipulate the scrums to their advantage.
The Kiwis’ counter-accusation that the Springboks had targeted their star flyhalf, Dan Carter, with a series of cheap shots was also dismissed with the contempt it deserved.
Referee Stuart Dickinson has admitted he erred in not giving Thorn a card for an off-the-ball, after-the-whistle spear tackle on John Smit that eventually forced the Springbok captain off the field shortly before halftime with a groin injury.
Thorn was, however, cited by the match commissioner and received a one-match ban from Sanzar judicial officer Dennis Wheelahan for “an act contrary to good sportsmanship”.
Andy Marinos, the manager of national teams, said it was “a very interesting ruling” by the judicial officer.
“It caught us by surprise because Thorn admitted to foul play. If you read Law 4(e), it clearly states that if you lift up, dunk or spear a player, then that constitutes a dangerous tackle,” Marinos said on Monday.
“We believe he got off helluva lightly, especially considering that John Smit injured himself in the incident. All we are saying is that there should be consistency in the way these incidents are adjudicated on the field and afterwards, so that there is a level playing field. We don’t think this decision is consistent with the regulations.”
Leave the field due to foul play
Coach Peter de Villiers and vice-captain Victor Matfield were both reluctant to speak out, the pair saying that the matter was more in Marinos’s sphere of influence.
De Villiers did say, however, that he wondered if a Springbok player would have been treated the same, while pointing out that prop CJ van der Linde also had to leave the field due to foul play.
“The thought does occur that if one of our players had done that, would he be treated the same? But we have to move on.
“But CJ was hit in the larynx and that’s why he had to come off. He was sounding like me,” the permanently hoarse coach said.
“John Smit and Brad Thorn had a chat about the incident after the game and we have moved on. How it is handled after that is not up to us,” is all Matfield would say.
The New Zealand media have been critical of what they called persistent late tackles on Carter, singling out opposite number Butch James.
“It is a concern. He got late-tackled three or four times, a lot of tackles off the ball,” All Blacks coach Graham Henry was quoted as saying.
The New Zealand Herald accused the Springboks of “random acts of thuggery” and of being “the bully boys of world rugby”.
One New Zealand reporter tried to raise these issues with De Villiers at Monday’s press conference, but the Springbok coach told him he should go and ask the All Blacks the same question.
More protection for Carter
“There was one incident when Dan Carter was tackled late, but they always seem to want more protection for him. I know dancing is also a contact sport, but rugby is far from dancing. If you want to run with the big dogs then sometimes you have to lift your leg.
“If you had looked carefully at the niggles off the ball then you would go somewhere else to ask about it,” De Villiers said.
De Villiers said the Springbok scrum had been unable to produce the front-foot ball they required for an effective kicking game because the All Blacks were scrumming illegally.
“We don’t want to tell the guys who adjudicate the games how to do their jobs, but the All Blacks used an illegal scrum. They were walking around and their loosehead [Tony Woodcock] was either scrumming in or going straight up.
“The All Blacks were blown up 21 times in their last three tests for that and we thought that had set the bar. We were sure they’d be penalised for it again, but they were allowed to do it.”
De Villiers warned that the Springboks would scrum in the same manner in the Test in Dunedin on Saturday.
“We have to look after ourselves, so we will become illegal too,” he said.Tweet