The Brumbies have heavily criticised referee Steve Walsh’s performance and called for him to be replaced for Saturday’s crucial Super 14 clash with the Reds in Canberra.
AAP reports that the Brumbies are still upset about Walsh’s controversial handling of the 19-12 loss to the Waratahs last Saturday, and Wallaby star Matt Giteau felt it was pointless for the Brumbies to play the match if the Sydney-based New Zealander Walsh is officiating.
Brumbies coach Andy Friend on Monday remained hopeful Walsh would be dropped from the pivotal match by SANZAR referees’ boss Lyndon Bray following the weekly review of officials on Tuesday.
“We’ll wait and see whether he’s the referee,” Friend said. “They have a review tomorrow [Tuesday] and they have got a promotion and relegation system and hopefully you would like to see that in place and working.
“That’s up to the selectors to give their view and we can only deal with what we see and I thought the first 30 minutes it wasn’t a very even contest.”
According to AAP, the Brumbies compiled a scathing report of the refereeing of their game against the Waratahs last Saturday where they were unhappy with numerous areas, especially a disallowed try to Adam Ashley-Cooper and countless scrum resets and penalties.
Brumbies skipper Stephen Hoiles and Walsh had some heated verbal exchanges during the match and Giteau was frank when asked whether he was hoping Walsh would be relegated.
“I think everyone is,” Giteau commented. “Mate, I don’t know if we will turn up – what’s the point?”
Giteau also gave his opinion about the dubious “double-movement” ruling against Ashley-Cooper in the first half. “Like anyone that knows rugby, that was a try,” he said.
AAP reports that New Zealand-based Bray was not contactable on Monday but both the Brumbies, who are seven points outside the top four, and Reds will have their eyes on refereeing appointment confirmations on Tuesday.
Australian referee Paul Marks was dropped from a Round Five appointment after being deemed to have delivered a crucial wrong call by not awarding the Sharks a match-winning penalty try against the Waratahs from an illegal Kurtley Beale knockdown.
Meanwhile, Giteau is relishing the challenge of playing against Reds flyhalf Quade Cooper, who has been one of the standout players in the competition.
“It’s going to be a big challenge but like any Australian side, the 10 is always measured by how the team is performing so hopefully our side wins and that’s all I care about,” Giteau said. “The Wallabies is the furthest thing from my mind, I’m just worrying about the Brumbies.”
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