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“You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.”

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 8 Mar 2010 at 19:23
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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…

  1. 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)
  2. Cheetah’s Down Lacklustre Canes (Keo again – no need to give any credit to the Cheetahs is there?)
  3. 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!)
  4. 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!


  • I didn’t see this game but reading this just makes me realise that the people were NOT blowing things out of proportion when talking about Walsh’s performance.

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.03.10 19:26:22 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Comment 2, posted at 08.03.10 19:27:41 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • I have just seen that SARFU intend to investigate Schalk Burger for striking referee Mark Lawrence on Saturday

    Best News I have heard in a LOOOONG time. 👿

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.03.10 19:28:39 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • I love this piece, yep old Walshie sure minces a lot around that field, I bet he has a man crush on Gerogie….yuck.

    Walsh was as useless as the article says, ozzie refs are garbage and they should be banned from officiating any more games. Even though Walsh is originally a kiwi, it seems it didn’t take him long to embrace the ozzie rugby culture.

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.03.10 19:44:56 by FireTheLooser Reply
  • I am still speechless about the wink. 😯

    Would love to see video of that so that I can judge for myself.

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.03.10 19:58:45 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • He should be refereeing cricket in India. He’d be the bookies best mate.

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.03.10 20:39:02 by Baldrick Reply
  • i agree with most of the assertions made by the writer, i even saw the wink when the game was replayed…very suspect!

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.03.10 21:24:30 by Megatron Reply
  • And yet there is nothing we can do about the blatant bias shown by most Kiwi and especially Aussie refs.
    What ever happened to that bloke George Ayoob?? Now THAT oke was useless.

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.03.10 23:06:44 by wpw Reply
  • The hand on the ground thing seems to be blown haphazardly at best. In the CC last year Wikus Blauw did it numerous times in a game against the Bulls but was not penalized. After the Bulls complained publicly several players were penalized in the next round.
    This year in S14 week 1, I noticed that the Crusaders prop put his hand on the ground during each and every scrum and was never penalized. Referee: Chris Pollock.

    If Rugby Guru could just write this without the insults and conspiracy stuff it would have been be very good and might have help to improve rugby.

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.03.10 23:48:14 by fyndraai Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
  • @wpw (Comment 8) :
    Hint, The answer lays here:

    “Walshie, Georgie you may award the try!” 😉

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.03.10 23:51:10 by fyndraai Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
  • Top notch piece. It’s great to see picture stills being used to illustrate a point, especially in the front row where I haven’t a clue what’s happening most of the time.

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.03.10 00:37:14 by Flashman Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 8) :

    Georgie in this article is George Ayoub. 😆

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.03.10 05:01:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • @Flashman (Comment 11) :

    Maybe we can ask Steve Walsh to use these same pictures to have a look and see where he cheated the crap out of us. 😛

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.03.10 05:01:59 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) : @fyndraai (Comment 10) :

    Thanks gents! I thought as much!! 😉

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.03.10 06:48:30 by wpw Reply
  • While the technical aspects of this piece are good as well as the application of the rules – the name calling makes you seem a little bit like, well to quote “classic case of a spoilt wanker throwing a hissy-fit”

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.03.10 09:15:02 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • Love the article – insults are justified -why should we out up with the crap they dish out! It seems that the Walshie and Marksie both have escape any punishment as they are reffing again this weekend.

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.03.10 09:59:30 by Just a Fan Reply

    Just a Fan
  • great read. about time south africans stood up against the cheats. i went to rugby heaven and it is all about hard done by kiwi teams. our pages as you say don’t stand together for the betterment of sa rugby.

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.03.10 10:32:54 by try time Reply

  • @Just a Fan (Comment 16) : No they are not. To make it personal removes all credability and makes the author well – i pointed that part out in my first comment. To bring up Walshes issues with booze is desperately unfair and unjustified – regardless of weather you feel he is cheating as a ref – to bring up a personal problem of this nature and use it justify your feelings of anger – well quite frankly that makes you a giant < add your own insult >. Sunstance abuse of any kind isn’t pleasant and really shouldn’t have made it into the article.

    Like i said it removes all credability from the writer.

    @try time (Comment 17) : Might be the case but they don’t complain about our refs having drinking problems or being boorish dutchmen who down brandy like water.

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.03.10 12:36:29 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • LOL it all makes sense now.

    Let me guess . .. we`re playing against Steve and the Brumbies this weekend right?

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.03.10 12:51:37 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original Pierre
  • Fantastic analysis !

    I learnt quite a bit thanks!

    Walsh is a rude grumpy bastard what irked me was how he would wave a Lion player saying away !

    But had time to chat with Waugh and co even managing a wink at the Tahs front row.

    He needs to go !

  • Comment 20, posted at 09.03.10 14:05:19 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • I liked the article, aside from some foul language, the insults are honest and I think adds humor…so with that I don’t have a problem as long as you can keep them clean. Walsh’s performance warrants an article like this. Well done Rugby Guru.

    Every match has stuff like this…it’s a joke, rugby is suppose to be a professional sport. People loose money because of these mistakes. It needs to be addressed seriously very soon.

  • Comment 21, posted at 09.03.10 16:38:56 by Letgo Reply
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  • http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=10631042

    Rugby: Judgment day for Super 14 whistlers
    By Wynne Gray
    4:00 AM Wednesday Mar 10, 2010

    Several Super 14 referees are in danger of being the first casualties of a robust judgment system.

    Tournament assessors held a conference hookup last night where the performance of Australian official Paul Marks was likely to come under the heaviest scrutiny after a fractious end to the Waratahs and Sharks game.

    Fellow whistlers Steve Walsh and Lesego Legoete were also due to come in for some extra audit after patchy performances in recent weeks.

    “There is likely to be a strong outcome,” referees’ boss Lyndon Bray predicted about last night’s hookup with Tappe Henning, Colin Hawke and Andrew Cole.

    There were several issues to dissect in Marks’ performance and the Sharks “had every right to feel that there were two or three decisions which went against them which were quite vital.

    “In the overall context of that we need to decide what we are going to do about that.

    “There is also another guy in the tournament who has been put at risk but we will share that information later.”

    Walsh was travelling to South Africa and while he had made a few errors including a penalty try ruling in the last round, he was unlikely to be pulled from duty this weekend.

    “He has already admitted the penalty try was probably incorrect and we agree with that so the bottom line is he has refereed three times in the tournament and his overall form has been good.

    “He will be aware though that his last effort was not one of his better ones,” Bray added.

    Two assistant referees, Josh Noonan and Damien Mitchelmore, have been stood down this season after issues with their work and several television match officials have been put on notice about their rulings.

    Bray thought the peer assessment programme introduced for match officials was working well.

    “We are now at a point where obviously our referees do not referee every week like the best players are asked to but we are at a point where guys have done a few games and we are able to make some astute decisions,” he said.

    Referees performing well would get more matches but there were several problems as Stu Dickinson and Nathan Pearce were injured and unavailable until round six while others were also on duty in the Six Nations series.

    Bray felt the concept of referees ruling games in their own countries was fine as long as they did not control matches involving their own provincial sides. Coaches had supported that concept otherwise it would be difficult for officials to be appointed on merit and tournament costs would rise.

    The best referees deserved to control the tournament playoffs in May and Bray did not want them to be ruled out because of country neutrality.

    “We are more than happy to rule them out because of home franchise, that is almost a consensus we have agreed to, but we do not think it is fair to take the top couple out because you want country neutral, particularly if they are the best performers in the competition,” he said.

  • Comment 22, posted at 09.03.10 23:11:25 by Os Reply

  • The above are very harsh words against Marks and Walsh considering the source.

    I posted on here a few days ago that this system existed and that Marks would likely be removed if he continued at the same level. Not sure anyone believed me.

  • Comment 23, posted at 09.03.10 23:16:16 by Os Reply

  • @Os (Comment 23) :

    As a retired referee my self I certainly would believe the system is in place.

    I would not have expected it to be made public, because history shows that while the system IS in place it is very seldom that the people outside the circle hear of the “punishment” handed down to a referee.

    I am happy that Bray has the Balls to say these things in public.

  • Comment 24, posted at 10.03.10 04:55:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • It’s good to see there is some sort of consequence for these performances by referees…the next step is to put steps in place that will prevent or at least keep these type of mistakes to a minimum.

  • Comment 25, posted at 10.03.10 07:51:32 by Letgo Reply
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  • I think a little suspencion and a compulsory visit to some Shady Durban bars should be more than enough punishment for Mr Marks hehehehe

  • Comment 26, posted at 10.03.10 08:46:42 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original Pierre
  • A good, well researched article BUT must agree with posts 15;18 & 21…too much name caliing & foul language creeping into this site. In fact, I have not posted for awhile, as I have been put off by the above 🙁

    Also very happy that LB has come out and told the public that they are taking steps against bad referring.
    As someone said, this is a professional sport, a lot of money is involved and a bad referring decision can lose a lot of money for a franchise, and could also cost a player his place in the side, thus costing him money too.
    I recon they should FINE bad reffing by taking a % of their match fee for every really bad decision, then they’ll think twice :mrgreen:

  • Comment 27, posted at 10.03.10 11:30:10 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • @Me2 aka Mama Shark (Comment 27) : please rather just email me if you’re unhappy about something and we’ll sort it out

  • Comment 28, posted at 10.03.10 11:57:12 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
  • @robdylan (Comment 28) : OK..will do so in future. Was just upset with some of the personal attacks on players after the game on Saturday.

  • Comment 29, posted at 10.03.10 12:14:55 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

    Me2 aka Mama Shark
  • This is a brilliant article! Excellent analysis.

    I watched the game live and what concerned me most was the attitude Walsh displayed towards the Lions. He appeared to have a personal vendetta and I agree I don’t know if the Lions would have won the game, but they weren’t given a chance too either.

    In the second half at one of the scrums he even said when a Brumbies player went down, “I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.” Now why do the Aussies get the benefit of the doubt, and we concede penalties and yellow cards!

    The Brumbies were offside all day, but went unpunished.In wet conditions it makes it hard to get any go forward.

    I also noticed Walsh reprimand Francis at the place kick. That is power hungry, pedantic refereeing. Have you ever noticed Giteau when he takes a penalty to touch, he steps onto the mark and then takes 3-4 steps forward before he boots the ball! I wish someone would penalise him!

  • Comment 30, posted at 11.03.10 02:47:30 by sanjaydeva Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 7) : very very indeed 😉

  • Comment 31, posted at 11.03.10 22:53:13 by Charmaine Reply


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