Boks in the dock

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 20 Aug 2008 at 10:01
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South Africa’s coach and captain are under fire from the International Rugby Board (IRB) for their criticisms and questioning of referee Matt Goddard in last Saturday’s Cape Town Test.

Peter Bills reports for IOL.

Comments by coach Peter de Villiers and stand-in skipper Victor Matfield’s constant questioning of the Australian official’s decisions during the match have angered IRB chiefs.

De Villiers complained in a post-match television interview about match officials, claiming they were being wrapped in cotton wool.

He then re-iterated his criticisms, 24 hours later. Talking of the refereeing interpretations in this season’s Tri-Nations Championship, the Springbok coach said: “It is very difficult for us to live with what has been dished out to us.”

But the IRB have taken a dim view of such comments. They were also furious to see Matfield constantly questioning Goddard’s decisions and arguing with him. They warned they will take steps to “stamp it out”.

IRB referee supremo Paddy O’Brien said it was “very disturbing” that De Villiers was making such comments. “All the countries have been invited, after each match, to put a report forward on every referee where they have got concerns.

“Countries like England, Wales, Argentina and many others have all spent time after games submitting very mature reports. That is very valuable to us. However, I have yet to hear from the South Africans all season. There is a medium to go through and that is me, but I have no sympathy for a coach that wants to go through the media rather than me.

“I will be meeting Peter later in the month and if he has any grievances he will have a chance to bring them to me.”

O’Brien said that referees should not be open to public enquiry after every game. They were reviewed by him and an independent performance reviewer. And, hinting perhaps that De Villiers had cast aspersions at the referee to mask his own team’s three defeats in four Tests in this Tri-Nations, O’Brien said. “They (the referees) should not be open to public enquiry just because coaches have their own agenda.”

In a hard hitting response, O’Brien also criticised the Springbok captain, suggesting that another motive may have been behind his constant questioning of the referee’s decisions at Newlands. The New Zealander said: “Captains don’t have the right to question decisions. But Matfield was questioning almost every one and arguing.

“Matt Goddard’s lack of experience counted against him; he should have stopped it. It’s disturbing to see players disputing every decision. They can’t do that. They are delaying the opposition and in a lot of cases it is done deliberately to slow the opposition down. It’s got to be stamped out.”

However, O’Brien did admit that referees had not been tough enough with players lying all over the loose ball in this Tri-Nations. “I agree we have to be tougher. We would like to see referees be a lot stronger in taking more sanctions against repeat offenders. Otherwise, the players will say to themselves, ‘this is great, we can get away with this’.”


  • Have to agree, no matter how frustrated Matfield might have been, the way he spoke/argued with the ref is not on.

  • Comment 1, posted at 20.08.08 10:27:52 by McLovin Reply
  • So the Refs are being evaluated. Then we should stop our constant crying and get somebody in on that commission who can put forth our grievances strongly and maybe enlighten the public as well?? To know where one stands does so alter your view. 😀

  • Comment 2, posted at 20.08.08 10:30:41 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver Fox
  • I thought this was about the Boks visiting some harbour in Durban…. 🙄

    The IRB whines more than Victor Matfield…mature reports…*yawn*

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.08.08 10:39:08 by blackshark Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • Having read the article again, I could not help but notice that we allready have lost this particular battle, so woe betide the Boks on Saturday. 🙁

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.08.08 10:42:37 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver Fox
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 2) : Bryce Lawrence was assessed after the Sharks Brumbies game when he had a shocking performance. His punishment was rewarded with reffing a semi-final.

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