Controversial Aussie rugby ref Matt Goddard has been stood down for this weekend’s round of Super 14 rugby following in the wake of his card-fest at the Cake Tin last Friday night.
Stuff.co.nz reports that Goddard has been left off the appointments for round seven by Sanzar’s referee selection panel while he undergoes a review of his performance.
Goddard brandished five yellow and one red card in a performance that drew fierce criticism from pundits as the Bulls rolled the Hurricanes 19-14 in a dire match at Westpac Stadium.
The bolshy Australian was also heavily criticised for his manner with the players that bordered on the inappropriate.
At one stage he told giant Bulls lock Bakkies Botha: “You’ve got big ears, so use them.”
He also repeatedly referred to “my” ball and “my” play in his discussions with players as he had the revolving door spinning en route to the sinbin.
New Zealand referees boss Lyndon Bray confirmed the Aussie was left off the appointments this week while he went through his assessment process.
“The high performance coach in Australia (Andrew Cole) lead a review with Matthew. Matthew does a self-review and he’s been incredibly honest and open about his performance,” Bray told TVNZ’s One News.
“That gets fed to the Sanzar selectors and that helps weigh up when you bring him back in the competition.”
Goddard could be back for round eight, providing the refs panel finds his performance was up to standard.
Appointments for this weekend:
Blues v NSW Waratahs, Auckland, Friday 7.35pm (Craig Joubert, SA);
Highlanders v Bulls, Palmerston North, Saturday 5.30pm (Vinny Munro, NZ);
Crusaders v Stormers, Christchurch, Saturday 7.35pm (Keith Brown, NZ);
Queensland Reds v Chiefs, Brisbane, Saturday 10.05pm (Ian Smith, Aus);
Sharks v ACT Brumbies, Durban, Sunday 4am (Bryce Lawrence, NZ);
Lions v Hurricanes, Johannesburg, Sunday 6.10am (Jonathan Kaplan, SA).
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