SA Rugby spooked by ‘Whingers’ tag

August 27, 2010
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The trouble with being branded whingeing losers and the like is that when there is actually valid reason to whinge, you suddenly stop doing so.

Rob Houwing – Sport24

That, I suspect, has been the fate of Springbok rugby in recent weeks, so cowed and ego-bruised that players, management, local media and supporters have lost all stomach for any fight against injustice.

And yet the dubious officiating of the (mostly) northern hemisphere referees and touch judges in Bok matches this season goes on.

Now not for a second do I think South Africa would suddenly be looking a million dollars if it weren’t for a catalogue of infuriatingly skewed calls against them.

Yet rank refereeing inconsistency, especially in the area of foul play, continues to dog them and I was so pleased that Breyton Paulse animatedly revisited the Ben Franks shoulder charge (er, sorry, apparently wholly permissible clean-out, Mr Owens?) on Juan de Jongh in the Soweto thriller against the All Blacks last weekend.

Koue Bokkeveld farm lad Paulse will be remembered as fairly soft-spoken, unassuming and even introverted during his playing career, but he has notably come out of his shell as he gains experience as a TV pundit.

And there was no holding him back when KykNet’s SuperRugby chat programme on Monday re-ran the Franks incident.

It seemed clear as the living daylight that the All Blacks tighthead led with his shoulder — or at least very high upper arm — as he smashed into a prone De Jongh at a ruck.

The tenacious centre took the blow smack in the proverbial chops yet didn’t make a meal of it, to his credit. (His “reward”, needless to say, was no action being taken against the offender whatsoever.)

“If that had been Bakkies … 10 weeks,” said Paulse forthrightly and only in very, very partial jest as studio allies Kobus Wiese and Ashwin Willemse nodded in resigned agreement.

He also queried, again rightly, the fact that the Bok camp did not appear to make a post-match issue out of it.

SuperRugby replayed another incident in which, after a collision between the two near a corner flag, Richie McCaw appeared to poke Schalk Burger unnecessarily in the face. One wonders what the (again unmoved) officials might have done had the incident occurred the other way around?

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8 Comments

  1. avatar DavidS says:
    August 27th, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Not really

    When you openly whinge all the time they actually pay attention to you.

    SCW and Eddie Jones were experts at doing it in such a way that referees feared their tongues.

  2. avatar DavidS says:
    August 27th, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Our citing official are political appointees… probably know nothing abiout erugby and as with a certain Bulls game was papdronk with his underpants around his legs and a girl’s lips stuck to his dick …

    And on Sunday said

    “Eish yo… I deed not see thet too much…. sorrie..”

  3. avatar Morné says:
    August 27th, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Reply to DavidS @ 10:11 am:

    Uhm…

    In the Tri-Nations each country has one appointed citing commissioner.

    SA’s is Freek Burger…

  4. avatar Bokhoring T says:
    August 27th, 2010 at 10:25 am

    I was also waiting to see what happened to than one – it was a leading forearm to the head – not a shoulder

  5. avatar DavidS says:
    August 27th, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Reply to Morné @ 10:16 am:

    Then he needs to be fired

  6. avatar Fromthebottomoftheruck says:
    August 27th, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Nigel Owens is a good ref – if we complain about him we are whingers. Brian Mujati at Northampton got a 12 week suspension for shoving Owens in a Heineken Cup Match, and Juan Smith got nothing. We lost because the AB’s are better, not because of the ref.

  7. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    August 27th, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Reply to Fromthebottomoftheruck @ 3:27 pm:

    Not only a wee push by Juan… but a push into the last player on earth you want running at the tackle zone, namely Afkophoender!

    That alone should have been a send off… :wink:

  8. avatar Fromthebottomoftheruck says:
    August 27th, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    You’re right, Owens took it like a man, we should be taking the refereeing decsions like men too. Doesn’t mean you don’t complain – but let it distract from poor play by the Boks.

    http://fromthebottomoftheruck.blogspot.com/

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