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Watson says Blues try was obstruction

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls, In the news, Super 14 on 1 Apr 2008 at 07:13
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The Bulls have not seen the last of Australian rugby referee James Leckie. He has been appointed to handle their Super 14 match against the Hurricanes at Loftus Versfeld on April 12.

Morris Gilbert of Beeld writes that the match will be the first one at home for the reigning champions after their tour of Australasia.

They will be hoping that Sanzar, the controlling body for South African, Australian and New Zealand rugby, will get rid of Leckie before the match.

The Australian has had a series of disappointing Super 14 performances.

It will be particularly interesting to see how Peter Marshall, the Australian Rugby Union’s manager of referees, reacts to Leckie’s errors during the match between the Bulls and the Blues in Auckland last week.

According to a report in the Canberra Times, Marshall recently criticised SA referee Willie Roos for awarding 39 free kicks and penalties during a match between the Hurricanes and the Brumbies.

Marshall was quoted as saying he could identify with parts of a letter in which Brumbies coach Laurie Fisher had expressed his frustrations and disappointment with Roos’s performance.

“We cannot afford so many interruptions because they are detrimental to the game,” he said.

Preferred not to comment

The way Roos handled the match did not influence the result, unlike Leckie’s performance in Auckland.

André Watson, the SA Rugby Union’s manager of referees, on Monday preferred not to comment on Leckie’s handling of the match.

He said, however, Leckie should not have awarded Keven Mealamu’s second try because it was preceded by blatant obstruction and offside play by a Blues forward.

“When the assistant referee nearest to the action was unable to say whether there had been obstruction, Leckie should have called on the television match official,” Watson said.

“Even though one cannot be convinced that Pierre Spies would have prevented the try, a penalty should have been awarded because the Blues player who committed the obstruction was offside.”

Watson agreed that the Bulls also had reason to feel aggrieved over the home team’s first try, which had been referred to the television official.

“What we see at home is exactly the same video footage that the TMO sees. And judging by that, he could not be certain that Troy Flavell had scored the try.”

Watson said the question Leckie should have asked was whether the TMO was able to confirm whether the ball had been grounded and whether there was any reason not to award the try.

* Derick Kuün, Bryan Habana and Wynand Olivier did not train on Monday but all the players in the Bulls squad will be considered for the team’s last tour match, against the Western Force in Perth on Friday.


  • morning all

    seems we can make a list of crappy refs or refs teams dont like:
    stromers and Willie Roos
    bulls and James Leckie
    sharks and MR Veldsman / pollock
    ag come to think of it is there really a up to standard ref currently????

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.04.08 07:25:35 by barend Reply
  • 😆

    The Bulls list is a LOT longer than that Barend.

    L Manuels
    J Kaplan

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.04.08 07:32:19 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • Now they know how the Sharks felt … 😉

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.04.08 08:36:56 by Nessa Reply
  • “He said, however, Leckie should not have awarded Keven Mealamu’s second try because it was preceded by blatant obstruction and offside play by a Blues forward.”

    Wasn’t it Toe’ava who blocked Spies? Not a forward then. Anyway, he was just protecting the ball.

    Remind me again how the Boels got the trophy…

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.04.08 10:57:20 by Kal-El Reply
  • Boels 😀

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.04.08 11:02:37 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • KSA,
    I never know whether it’s you or Carlos making a comment, but Carlos wouldn’t have gotten “Boels” 😀

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.04.08 11:08:38 by Kal-El Reply
  • KAL-El :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.04.08 11:17:35 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • I’ll change my photo just for you.

    gimme a sec

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.04.08 11:17:59 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • Okay the new guy has hardly any English ability so he won’t have anychance of understanding Boels. 😉

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.04.08 11:24:17 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • Like your very smart shirt KSA! 😉

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.04.08 11:25:22 by Nessa Reply
  • I still can’t see the new pic. 🙁

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.04.08 11:25:57 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • KSA, I’ve given you many seconds and the pic is still the same, but maybe you were talking about a specific second. Let me know. 😆

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.04.08 11:27:05 by Kal-El Reply
  • 01.04.08 11:25:57 – KSA Shark ©

    Like when I pretended to be pakiSTAN and my pic wasn’t updated. 😡

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.04.08 11:28:37 by Kal-El Reply
  • How come I can see the new pic?

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.04.08 11:37:06 by Nessa Reply
  • 01.04.08 11:37:06 – Nessa

    Maybe you’re seeing single 😀

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.04.08 11:41:34 by Kal-El Reply
  • I think it will only be updated for ME to see once I approve it.

    Any pics that are loaded need to be approved first.

    BTW that is Waisale Serevi in the pick. I’m the Red guy (after two days of reffing) and he is the dark guy. 😉

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.04.08 11:43:12 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • Not Wesali Stiraloti?

  • Comment 17, posted at 01.04.08 11:47:37 by Kal-El Reply
  • 😆

    They are about the same height and that is where the similarity ends. 😆

  • Comment 18, posted at 01.04.08 11:53:27 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©

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