Springbok manager of national teams, Andy Marinos, denied allegations on Tuesday that coach Peter de Villiers was responsible for “criticising” referee Matt Goddard in last Saturday’s Test in Cape Town.
Nick Pawson writes for Rugby 365 that according to a British website, De Villiers, as well as stand-in captain Victor Matfield, are currently under fire from the International Rugby Board (IRB) for their criticisms and questioning of referee Matt Goddard in last Saturday’s Tri-Nations Test against the All Blacks at Newlands.
According to The Independent, De Villiers complained in a post-match television interview about match officials, claiming they were being ‘wrapped in cotton wool’.
The IRB have reportedly taken a dim view of such comments. They were also furious to see Matfield constantly questioning Goddard’s decisions last Saturday and ‘arguing’ with him.
On top of the handbag slinging, IRB referee supremo Paddy O’Brien accused South Africa of not submitting mandatory post-match reports to the IRB with any grievances team management may have with match officials.
“All the countries have been invited, after each match, to put a report forward on every referee where they have got concerns,” O’Brien told The Independent official site.
“Countries like England, Wales, Argentina and many others have all spent time after games submitting very mature reports. That is very valuable to us.
“However, I have yet to hear from the South Africans all season. There is a medium to go through and that is me, but I have no sympathy for a coach that wants to go through the media rather than me.
“I will be meeting Peter [de Villiers] later in the month and if he has any grievances he will have a chance to bring them to me,” O’Brien added.
On Tuesday however Springbok manager of national teams, Andy Marinos, dispelled such allegations, claiming the only gripe management had reported publicly was that coaches and staff were not able to meet with match officials prior to Test matches.
“After the [Tri-Nations] Test in Wellington, we were afforded an opportunity to meet with the relevant match officials prior to the Test in Dunedin,” Marinos told rugby365.com.
“We complained about the lack of consistency in referee decisions, especially as they related to scrum-time.
“The objective was for referees to be more aware of what to look out for with respective teams. The meeting was hugely beneficial, and had positive outcomes.
“The only complaint we’ve had recently is that we have not since been afforded the same opportunity to meet with match officials before a Test match,” Marinos added.
Marinos also stated that post-match reports had been regularly submitted to IRB officials, and was surprised by O’Brien’s accusation that South Africa had not participated in the process.
“Our first port-of-call is André Watson [head of South African referees], who bar last Saturday’s Test, has received post-match reports from us after every Test, so that statement is incorrect.
“And I’m currently in the process of submitting the report from last Saturday’s Test at Newlands,” Marinos added.
André Watson subsequently confirmed the above on Tuesday, stating that he had been receiving regular post-match reports from Springbok management, where after they are forwarded to the IRB.
“I haven’t received the Newlands post-match report as yet, but all other reports have been received and sent on to the IRB,” Watson told rugby365.com.Tweet