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Crusaders coach voices concern over refereeing
Crusaders coach, Todd Blackadder, on Sunday voiced his disappointment with some refereeing decisions in the Brisbane showdown between the Reds and Crusaders where the Reds won by a single point thanks to a controversial penalty in the last minute.
“Those decisions are just influencing outcomes and it’s really disappointing to us from our point of view because we played so well, I’m really proud of our players. But to lose like that under those circumstances was really disappointing,” Blackadder said
“For us being on the road we really targeted this game. You invest so much time and effort into it you want to let the players influence the outcome but these things can really hurt you when it comes to playoff time. I’m always going to think I was right but the ref saw it a different way.”
Stormers call up rookie scrumhalf
Victory for the first time in Super Rugby history in Canberra came at a price for the Stormers.
Having already lost their top 3 flyhalfves to injury this season, the Stormers are now also sweating over the fitness of Dewald Duvenhage who hurt his ankle.
Duvenhage who again moved to the flyhalf channel after the Stormers substituted rookie flyhalf, Kurt Coleman, sustained the injury to his ankle deep into the second half.
Having already called up Earl Rose to provide flyhalf cover for Coleman, the Stormers were forced to send an SOS to rookie scrumhalf, Louis Schreuder. Both players will join up with the Stormers this week in Melbourne as they prepare to take on the Rebels.
Afrika nominated for Sevens player of the year
Blitzbokke star, Cecil Afrika, has been nominated alongside two All Black Sevens players for the Sevens Player of the Year award.
According to the IRB website, at the end of the 2010/11 HSBC Sevens World Series, which was won by New Zealand with an event to spare, Tomasi Cama (NZ), Tim Mikkelson (NZ) and Cecil Afrika (South Africa) have been nominated for the award.
With 40 tries and 385 points, Cecil Afrika was the season’s leading scorer and his efforts in both attack and defence underpinned South Africa’s return to form and winning ways, inspiring them to Cup titles in Las Vegas, London and Edinburgh.
“Between them, these three players perfectly sum up the skill, excitement, pace and power on show in our international Sevens game,” said IRB chairperson, Bernard Lapasset.
Referees for Rounds 16 to 18
The referees for the next three rounds has been confirmed by SANZAR. To find the complete list CLICK HERE