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Mitchell wants Jonker axed from S14 panel

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 11 May 2009 at 07:33
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Western Force coach John Mitchell has called on SANZAR to drop Marius Jonker from its Super 14 match officials panel after their bid for a semi-final berth was ended by an astonishing non-decision by the South African referee.

Wayne Smith writes for The Australian Newspaper that nine minutes from full-time in Cape Town on Sunday, Jonker let stand a stunning 70-metre Stormers try finished off by young fullback Joe Pietersen, despite the fact Force outside centre Ryan Cross was knocked over in a gridiron-style block by opposite number Dylan des Fountain just as he was about to make a tackle.

That touchdown boosted the Stormers’ lead to 25-17 and meant that Matt Giteau’s 78th-minute try to pull the Force up to 24-25 had no bearing on the outcome, and leaving them stranded in eighth place on the ladder, six points adrift of the top four.

Not even a bonus-point victory by the Force over the Highlanders at Subiaco Oval next Saturday would make up the lost ground.

Mitchell was ropeable after the match, labelling the non-decision “horrendous” and pointing out that des Fountain’s cynical block was so obvious that a number of players stopped running, anticipating the referee’s whistle.

“Something has to be done about a decision like that (when it) is so costly,” Mitchell said. “That person (Jonker) shouldn’t referee another Super 14 game or he should be disciplined or suffer some consequence.

“That is not acceptable at this level of football. It really needs to be looked into. It shouldn’t just be swept under the carpet.”

Mitchell said he had confronted Jonker, a senior Test referee, about his non-ruling. “He said ‘sorry’. We’ll deal with this from a club point of view. It shouldn’t just be my point of view,” Mitchell said.

The Force’s controversial elimination from the playoffs race has robbed Giteau’s farewell to Perth of all its drama and significance.

Rugby WA had been hoping that the Force would return from its two-match tour of South Africa with at least a mathematical chance of figuring in the semi-finals if it could beat the Highlanders in the final round.

In a season when crowd numbers at Subiaco Oval have dwindled, officials had hoped the prospect of seeing Giteau orchestrate one last heroic effort in his farewell appearance for the Force might have mobilised the Blue Army.

Of course, it is not just Giteau who is departing but also four other Wallabies – Drew Mitchell, Josh Valentine, Scott Staniforth and Tai McIsaac.

It may have been that Jonker was unsighted but until that point his assistant referees had been eagle-eyed to the point of match – making the non-decision even more frustrating for Force fans.

Yet neither du Preez nor the other assistant referee, Willie Roos, spotted des Fountain’s blatant interference on Cross to clear a path for a flying Pietersen in the build-up to his try.

It might not just be the chance to play for a place in the finals that is missing on Saturday, with hooker McIsaac an unlikely starter because of a calf muscle strain.

It will be a cruel irony if the former Test hooker misses his last game for the Force because he is the only player to have featured in all 51 matches since the club came into being in 2006.


  • Shame he must be really upset. 🙁

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.05.09 08:20:26 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • So sad!

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.05.09 08:34:29 by Claytie Reply
  • pointing out that des Fountain’s cynical block was so obvious that a number of players stopped running, anticipating the referee’s whistle.

    Well that was there first mistake, wasn’t it?

    Somewhere sometime I heard someone say “play to the whistle” It was MANY years ago when I was still a wee little lad, but it DID stick as it was rather important.

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.05.09 08:37:38 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) :

    ‘MANY years ago when I was still a wee little lad’

    How many years Oubaas?? 😯

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.05.09 08:39:03 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 4) :

    VERY. 😛

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.05.09 08:42:07 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • Western Force is rugby’s Chelsea… pass it on! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.05.09 08:45:14 by blackshark Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!
  • i would have to agree though. although he isn’t as poor as the aussie refs and bryce lawrence, jonker has been off form of late. i have found he just isn’t as sharp as he was last year and earlier in the season.

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.05.09 08:48:33 by try time (history forgets losers) Reply

  • @try time (history forgets losers) (Comment 7) :

    As long as he doesn’t ref the Sharks Bulls game, I have no problems. 😉

    As the appointments are merit based this season then the best referee should blow the most vital match. Mark Lawrence for Durban please.

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.05.09 08:51:20 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Suck it up Mitchell you girl.

    How about the punching where only one player was penalised, where in fact both threw punches???

    What impact did that have?

    You bloody girl.

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.05.09 08:53:47 by Morné Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) : I was about to post that as well.

    While he’s at it, can we also remove Brycle Lawrence and that tall parrot nose Aussie ref who has no idea of how the game is played.

    I think Mark Lawrence has some questions he could answer as well.

    Let’s just fire the whole lot of them and go back to the olden days when the Test captain played one week and reffed the teams the next!

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.05.09 09:40:59 by Baldrick Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) : actually bryce is a good choice, we want someone that has the kiwi interest at heart. and a sharks win will be in their best interests. it means none will travel to sa.

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.05.09 09:53:52 by try time (history forgets losers) Reply

  • @Baldrick (Comment 10) : are you blaming mark for the sharks loss? mmm…. even with a biased ref for the sharks, the sharks players would have cocked it up.

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.05.09 09:57:46 by try time (history forgets losers) Reply

  • Whats that saying…… CRY ME A RIVER! He has made a few mistakes this season, lets call for his head on a platter!

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.05.09 13:27:25 by Rahul Reply


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