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World Rugby criticising officials

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In an unusual statement released on Tuesday, World Rugby has admitted to refereeing errors and inconsistencies at the Rugby World Cup.

With the tournament only four days old, the statement comes as a shock as the governing body reveal they’ve been unhappy with decisions.

The statement is made following plenty of criticism from South African fans in particular after their Pool B loss to New Zealand on Saturday.

“Following the usual review of matches, the match officials team recognise that performances over the opening weekend of Rugby World Cup 2019 were not consistently of the standards set by World Rugby and themselves, but World Rugby is confident of the highest standards of officiating moving forward,” the statement read.

“Elite match officials are required to make decisions in complex, high-pressure situations and there have been initial challenges with the use of technology and team communication, which have impacted decision-making. These are already being addressed by the team of 23 match officials to enhance consistency.

“Given this proactive approach, a strong team ethic and a superb support structure, World Rugby has every confidence in the team to ensure that Rugby World Cup 2019 delivers the highest levels of accurate, clear and consistent decision-making.”

Source: Planet Rugby

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  1. It would be so much sweeter if we could win in spite of poor calls from the ref. Fact is, we didn’t deserve to win, we played a stupid gameplan against NZ and got our arses thoroughly kicked, and rightfully so. So simple, starve NZ of the ball, and they can’t score points, that’s how we nailed them last year. So now, we give them possession cheaply, and then we are amazed how they moered us, then we are pissed at the kak ref.

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  2. @Welshbok die Brandwag: I’m pissed at the ref – because he was obviously one-eyed (which is not incompetence, just plain crooked). I am more pissed at Rassie for not using the tools to his disposal (e.g. using his crowd of video analyst on tour to sight the cheap-shot Earl Rose stunts of Read and co). And our tactics worked the first 20 minutes, but when the ABs adapted we had no Plan B (a key issue when you have invisible leadership). Also systemic issues did not help us (e.g. Mapimpi could never tackle, and we cannot catch shit for the last 10 years!)

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  3. @Bekke: And how long have we complained about aimless up and udders from the scrumhalve? Or forwards standing still to receive static ball at first receiver? Same old, same old.

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  4. Ja , up and unders, the faf pass and the rush defense.

    I mean fok , ja well no good fine , but let’s play rugby.

    That kolbe looks like a little legend

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  5. I personally believe we won the championship because of Swys de Bruins influence on the attack, and his absence from the squad is presenting itself painfully. I so totally hope I’m wrong though.

    Swys resigned because of personal reasons of health etc, I’m wondering if there might be more to it.

    I so wish that Johan Ackerman could have been involved with the bokke in some capacity for this world Cup.

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