Well, it’s sad that it had to happen this way, but I for one won’t shed a tear that Willie Roos will no longer be seen on the local reffing circuit.
Roos announced his retirement today, as a result of an incident in Kimberley two weeks ago that saw him doused in brannas by a disgruntled Griquas fan. The irony of the situation is that Roos was probably correct to card two Griquas players in that game.
What is not really debatable, though, is that Roos has failed to impress as a referee from the day he first picked up the whistle and that allegations of Blue Bulls bias have followed him around like a bad stink – in no small part owing to a close family relationship to one of the Bulls players. Apart from anything else, he has been allowed to referee at national level for three years while seemingly never being taken to task for the piss-poor officiating that has been his stock in trade throughout.
Andre Watson, of course, has called on the public to show greater respect to the officials. That one cuts both ways, Watson. Clean up your own house and provide us with officials worthy of the respect you seek, or don’t be too surprised if the Piet van Zyl’s of the world take the law into their own hands.
Sharksworld would like to wish Willie Roos all the best and hope that whatever he does after rugby, he is more successful at it…Tweet