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Why Wessels was dropped.

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :All Blacks, In the news, Tri Nations, Wallabies on 4 Aug 2010 at 21:43
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IRB referees boss Paddy O’Brien has explained why South African referee Cobus Wessels has been dropped from the All Blacks versus Australia Tri-Nations rematch this weekend.

Rugby 365 reports that O’Brien said it was because of a blunder which cost Australia dearly.

Wessels has paid the price for his recommendation that Australian wing Drew Mitchell be sin-binned for a “late and dangerous tackle” in the Tri-Nations Test won by the All Blacks 49-28 in Melbourne last Saturday.

The initial announcement by the International Rugby Board (IRB) that Wessels had been stood down as an assistant referee for this Saturday’s Test in Christchurch said it followed a review of his performance but gave no reason.

However, O’Brien told the New Zealand Press Association it related to Wessels’s ruling on Mitchell’s tackle on All Blacks captain Richie McCaw.

The incident was at the minor end of the scale and “if anything, it’s lucky to be a penalty”, O’Brien said.

“McCaw off-loads as he’s about to collide with Drew Mitchell, who puts his hands out and pushes him away. So there’s no way it’s a yellow card offence.”

Mitchell was later shown a second yellow card for slowing down play after half-time, resulting in an automatic sending off for the rest of the game.

“As a result of that, with the second yellow, Australia went without a player for 30 minutes and that just shouldn’t have happened,” O’Brien said.

O’Brien pointed out that Wessels also called an All Blacks’ line-out throw not straight late in the Test when it was clearly down the middle.

Said O’Brien: “Assistant referees, we encourage them to intervene in the game but they’ve got to get it right. There were two decisions made which we felt weren’t up to the standard required.

“Cobus has been very understanding, he admits that he got it wrong and we’re not going to hang him out to dry. He’s got to go away and think about that, referee the Currie Cup and hopefully learn a lesson from it.”

Meanwhile, O’Brien defended the refereeing trend this season that has seen a proliferation of yellow and red cards, and said rather than accuse referees of being over-zealous the spotlight should fall on the players.

“We make no apologies for it. We’re very tough on dangerous tackles, especially tip-tackles,” he said. “And there’s no excuses for the head-butting and the other things that have happened.”

However, there were concerns about some yellow-card decisions and “we just want the referees to be accurate when it comes to what is foul play and what is hard rugby”.


  • Good on you Paddy!

    We all bitch about the other referees. When our guys get it wrong they also need to be nailed for it.

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.08.10 21:45:04 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • BTW I removed the following line from the article.

    Mitchell was subsequently suspended for two weeks for getting two yellow cards in the Test and will miss this weekend’s match.

    I believe he was NOT suspended at all

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.08.10 21:45:53 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • CERTAINLY nothing wrong with what Mitchell did.


  • Comment 3, posted at 04.08.10 22:23:02 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • I dont think Ive even heard of Cobus Wessels before. 😳

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.08.10 06:38:43 by Jarson Reply
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  • now the irb have set the bar… lets see who else gets dropped for bad reffing!

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.08.10 08:36:03 by Rahul Reply

  • ‘the spotlight should fall on the players’ mitchell new he was on a yellow and both teams were on a warning for slowing play down but still chose to slap the ball away! You can see him looking where the ref is while committing the offence…

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.08.10 08:40:24 by Rahul Reply

  • This stinks and Paddy should be ashamed. I don’t like getting involved with ref bashing but the inconsistencies within the IRB and Sanzar borders on the criminal.

    I agree with the decision but it’s the fact that rules are not applied equally to everybody really pisses me of. The 2 Irish refs were consistantly crap and not a word was said but poor Wessels makes 1 mistake and gets fired. In my mind getting giving an incorrect yellow card is just as bad as not giving a yellow when a player should be given one (read McCaw)
    Untill this shit is sorted out there will always be discussions on refereeing

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.08.10 08:53:01 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 7) :


  • Comment 8, posted at 05.08.10 09:30:53 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 8) : Maybe PDV’s accusations might seem far fetched but damn sometimes I think he has good reason to feel that way.

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.08.10 09:56:53 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 8) : So you getting nervous about the Kwasse yet?

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.08.10 12:03:54 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Interesting video on rugby365 made by the Aussies no less.


  • Comment 11, posted at 05.08.10 12:30:41 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 10) :

    Nope. I support WP not the Sharks remember?? 😈

  • Comment 12, posted at 05.08.10 13:18:58 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 12) : WP has a worse record in Kimberly than the Sharks I think.

    Did you watch that clip?

  • Comment 13, posted at 05.08.10 16:05:31 by Pokkel Reply
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  • its just because he is a SA ref but if it was their REFS will they also be dropped 😕 ❓

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.08.10 13:52:39 by chaz Reply


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