Occasional Sharksworld poster Rugby Guru has written a very detailed article of the transgression by the incompetent (or cheating depending which way you look at it) Aussies. Well worth the read. With his permission we are reposting it here.
It’s a genuine quote – I swear it is. The quote comes from – To Have and Have Not (1944) the first on screen collaboration of Hollywood Legends Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Bogie fell in love with Bacall who was 19, he was 45 and the rest as they say is history. Makes one wonder what future there is for Georgie and Walshie?
Steve Walsh was a crap referee when he was sober. Steve Walsh was a crap referee when he was drunk. Steve Walsh the reformed alcoholic is a crap referee. Drink up Steve no point wasting good drinking time attempting the impossible!
Week 4 of the Super 14 undoubtedly belonged to the referees. From the blatant cheating of Paul Marks to the magnificent officiating of Bryce Lawrence there is now little doubt that the supposed new interpretations have done nothing more than accentuate the role of the referee – and referee ego’s do not come much bigger than one Steve Walsh. Walsh may be far more sophisticated and experienced than a dirty little crook like Paul Marks but his impact on the outcome of the contest is just as significant. I am a man who enjoys a challenge and because proving that Paul Marks is a cheat would be tantamount to clubbing seals I have opted to rather lead the prosecution against a far more shrewd and vile enemy.
South African rugby fans it is extremely important that you realise that having been granted the 15th Super Franchise there is now a significant amount of pressure on Australian teams to perform and that without neutral referees most Australian teams will consist of at least 16 players and as Walsh proved on Friday they will perform.
South African rugby is generally, extremely vulnerable, and the fact that most of our fans and reporters are so provincially biased that we take pleasure in the misfortune of others in fact plays right into the hands of these cheats. Allow me to explain…
In a week when two of our four teams managed a win while the other two were cheated into oblivion here is a selection of headlines…
- Terrible Tahs Deny Sharks. The Waratahs laboured to a 25-21 win over an ill-disciplined Sharks side in Sydney. (Biased Anti Durban – Cape Town Reporting at its best from keo.co.za)
- Cheetah’s Down Lacklustre Canes (Keo again – no need to give any credit to the Cheetahs is there?)
- Stormers Humiliate Highlanders (Sport 24 making liberal use of adjectives. A far better performance by the Stormers but a fortuitous bonus point try in the last minute is hardly humiliation!)
- Lions Deny Brumbies a Bonus (Supersport – Almost makes one feel that every team has a right to a bonus point when playing the Lions. Not bad for a team that arguably only scored 1 legitimate try but were awarded 3!)
I did not watch the Lions game live as I had a number of important business meetings on Friday morning, however when I heard that Walsh had penalised the Lions no fewer than 20 times and the Brumbies a mere 7 times I knew that this was one match that needed to be dissected by the Guru. Now before we progress any further let me state categorically that I am not for a second suggesting that the Lions would have won this game – what I am however suggesting is that they have become the whipping boys of this competition and as long as SARFU practice intellectual masturbation and refuse to take action the new rules will continue to provide camouflage for out and out cheats like Walsh and Marks.
Consider the following:
Law 10 – Foul Play
A penalty try must be awarded if the offence prevents a try that would probably otherwise have been scored.
The penalty try against the Lions was not only invalid it was actually laughable. Steve Walsh is the only referee with an ego big enough to believe that he is entitled to award a penalty try because he has absolutely no comprehension whatsoever of how scrums actually work. This was a classic case of a spoilt wanker throwing a hissy-fit because the nasty Lions would simply not let the Brumbies score. While JP Joubert may have played the ball illegally, he certainly did not stop a try from being scored and as the scrum had wheeled through 90 degrees Walsh should have blown it up long before his inflated ego allowed him to rewrite the rules of the game.
Now, the entire first half of the game was dominated by Walsh who made it obvious that he had a personal vendetta against the Lions – and folks –this is where the ambiguity of the new laws turn the game into a farce. Consider the following… in 4 games this season, the Lions have only had 2 scrums reset on their own ball compared to the 12 of their opponents. This may be a debatable point, but it is arguably indicative of exactly how dominating the Lions front row actually are. Walsh took advantage of the fact that the scrum is open to exploitation and while he was blowing up the Lions for collapsing and pushing upwards almost at will the truth is that despite the fact that the Lions loose forwards were preoccupied with defending the Brumbies were being scrummed into the ground.
Proof! You want proof! Consider the following photographs all taken at different stages of the game…
In every single shot you will notice that the Brumbies tighthead has placed his hand on the ground after the engage. Not only is this illegal (Law 20 – The Scrum. Binding by all front row players. All front row players must bind firmly and continuously from the start to the finish of the scrum. Sanction: Penalty kick) but it is also indicative of the fact that another Australian front row poofter is having his ass fed to him by a superior South African athlete! Not a single one of these infringements were blown by Walsh.
You will notice that referee Walsh is clearly visible in every single shot and is quite conveniently ignoring the infringement. Still not convinced, consider this sequence of events which actually occurs before the entire yellow card and penalty try sequence…
The Brumbies’ Ben Alexander infringes by dropping his bind and placing his hand on the ground, (the first infringement) and then when the scrum does collapse Walsh having ignored the first infringement penalizes the Lions.
Having realized that they were on a good wicket, all the Brumbies had to do was collapse like a pack of cards at each subsequent scrum and a yellow card for Buys on the Lion’s tighthead side would be a foregone conclusion. That is exactly what happened and as absurd as it sounds it is true. Folks you are going to love this…
It looks better on video, so do yourselves a favour and watch it if you have the game on tape, but as God is my witness, Walsh actually winks at the Brumbies front row knowingly soon after he has sent Buys to the sin bin!
Here is another example of Walsh’s incompetence. Consider the following sequence of events. While Christian Lealiifano’s try appears impressive note how a hopelessly off side Ben Alexander (1) tackles Todd Clever (8) off the Ball to create the gap that Stephen Hoiles exploits in setting up the five pointer.
And finally the Stephen Moore try. Moore is tackled short of the line and while he is intitled to place the ball immediately he is not permitted to swivel to one side, adjust his legs and buttocks, transfer the ball into his other hand and push himself over the tryline.
That is not momentum folks – it’s a double movement and the correct TMO decision should have been a penalty to the Lions. Having said that this referral was worth five points for no other reason than to hear this absolutely priceless piece of gay Australian banter – “Walshie, Georgie you may award the try!”
Georgie! What grown man who is not intending to audition for a role in La Cage Aux Follies refers to himself as Georgie? I couldn’t help it folks – I simply had to slip in this picture of Walsh mincing off the field at half time – doesn’t he look like somebody who has a best friend called Georgie? If I had the Photoshop skills I would have drawn in a handbag on that delicately poised right hand!
Speaking of Ego – nothing like throwing your weight around. Here Walsh has Lions Flyhalf Burton Francis move the ball back a whole three inches before attempting a penalty kick in the interests of proving exactly who is the boss.
BUT – On a far more serious note – I have just seen that SARFU intend to investigate Schalk Burger for striking referee Mark Lawrence on Saturday. People do not let your emotions overrule your common sense. This investigation is absolutely necessary and should it be found that Schalk is guilty we as a nation need to accept that. I am quite happy to accuse Walsh and Marks of being cheats, but that implies that we also have to acknowledge how superbly Bryce Lawrence handled the Cheetahs game and that Mark Lawrence probably should have blown up the Stormers for obstruction when Pieter Louw scored.
Here is part of the sequence, which is easy to dismiss as trivial but if we are honest it is evident that Schalk can see that it is Lawrence before he strikes out at him, and Lawrence’s statement that he came between them is also not necessarily 100% accurate.
I will say nothing else except this…
Schalk probably does not deserve any sanction for this BUT the alleged eye gouging incident against the British Lions, and now this- are worrying signs. Relax Schalk – you are a great player there is no need to be a loose cannon or worse yet to get yourself banned for life – your reputation is starting to precede you and as is hopefully evident from this blog there is nobody bigger than the game and an inflated ego is a very unpleasant attribute!Tweet