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30 Jul 2021
7:20 am

Boks often get short end of stick


It does sometimes feel as though we are playing 16 men on the field – with the rest of the hostile world watching, willing us to fail.

Director of Rugby in South Africa and former Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus speaks to Faf de Klerk and Handre Pollard during the first Test against the Lions last weekend. Picture: EJ Langner/Gallo Images

The world of international rugby, critics might say, is sometimes like a monastic order where a vow of silence is strictly enforced… especially when it comes to criticising the standard of refereeing. Springbok director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus is, therefore, being almost blasphemous in releasing a public whinge about how unfairly the Boks were treated during their first Test loss to the British & Irish Lions last Saturday. A long (almost an hour) and detailed (with 26 clips as evidence) video was placed on social media by Erasmus questioning the decisions made by referee Nic Berry and his assistants. https://www.citizen.co.za/sport/rugby/2582933/rassie-erasmus-refereeing-video/...