Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has turned up the heat ahead of the Tri-Nations showdown with the All Blacks in Cape Town on Saturday, accusing the All Blacks of cheating in the line-outs and scrums and calling for a stern interpretation by referee Matt Goddard in applying the laws during the match.
De Villiers said he had picked up several places in the line-out where the All Blacks had infringed and warned that if it wasn’t controlled properly on Saturday, the game could turn into a farce.
“It is obvious that as World Champions, our biggest strengths are in the line-out and in the scrum,” De Villiers told Afrikaans Sunday newspaper Sondag.
“And it is precisely here where the opposition will try and neutralise us. The All Blacks use tactics which are illegal and as far as I know if it is illegal, then it is not allowed.”
De Villiers said he fears for the match official’s interpretations in the set pieces in the game, but has been stopped by the International Rugby Board (IRB) from discussing his fears with Goddard.
“I have a letter from the IRB which prohibits me from talking to the referee,” De Villiers said, before pointing out three areas where he believes McCaw and the All Blacks infringe.
“We have picked up three things that they do which are illegal in the line-outs. It starts with their flank coming through the line-out illegally to stop any ball thrown down to the scrumhalf. They also do their best to play the line-out jumpers in the air and jump across the line and then thirdly they manage to close the gap to a half a metre between the two sets of players.
“All I know is that if there is a rule, and if it applies to one time, it applies to both teams. The referee has to blow according to the rules and not according to his interpretation, its that simple,” De Villiers told Sondag.Tweet