South African head honcho Rassie Erasmus started an extraordinary hour-long rant in which he raved World Rugby, their umpires, saying he could stop the last two games of the series after his attack.
In an incredible video posted to the online platform Vimeo – curiously by an account called ‘JJ’, echoing his apparent Twitter alter ego ‘Jaco Johan’ – Erasmus is seething and offers a step-by-step breakdown of every bad decision he thinks. was made in the first test.
The Springbok director of rugby accuses officials in the first test of disrespect for his team, of not knowing their own laws, highlights 30 decisions he believes were wrong and even says the Lions’ illegal scrums have put him off caused neck injuries. prop Ox Nche.
South African rugby director Rassie Erasmus began ranting at World Rugby and their umpires for an hour as he dissected their first test loss to the British and Irish Lions
The video goes through 30 decisions that Erasmus said went against South Africa or were incorrect during the first test in Cape Town last Saturday
Throughout his analysis – laden with sarcasm and deep frustration – he calls decisions “baffling,” “stupid,” “comic,” “unbelievable,” and that “consistency went out the window.”
And Erasmus offers to step aside for the last two Keys of the series.
“If you ask me not to be involved in this test match, there is no problem,” he said, speaking directly to World Rugby referee manager Joel Jutge.
“If you ask that I’m not a water carrier, that’s no problem.
“If you think this is being exaggerated and not allowed to go to the media, then I did this in a personal capacity, not as part of the Springboks and I am withdrawing from the Springbok management team.
“It should be fair that I leave these last two exhibition games, but let the Springboks and the Lions have an equal chance on the field.”
Erasmus acts as water carrier during the first Test between South Africa and the Lions
This is an attempt by Erasmus to turn the tide ahead of the second Test, and change what he believes to be a story that South Africa is a dirty team, but one that will lose him a lot of respect.
He is angry that Lions boss Warren Gatland put pressure on South African television match official Marius Jonker before the first Test, causing him to question his neutrality, and thinks it influenced important decisions in Cape Town.
“The story the Lions are trying to get out is that we don’t know the laws, we play by power and we don’t respect the laws of the game,” he said.
“We feel like we’re not happy about anything because we were quiet last week, and they were all over the media.”
Australian referee Nic Berry watches a scrum during Saturday’s first test in Cape Town
Erasmus also claims that he filmed this video on Tuesday afternoon, as he had not received meaningful feedback from World Rugby about these decisions made in the first Test.
He said he called Jutge on Sunday, but the referee’s boss didn’t answer his phone – he went straight to a voicemail message in French.
“I wouldn’t have had to do this if he had answered our call on Sunday night – there wouldn’t have been anything on Twitter or in the bloody media anywhere,” he added, referring to a number of tweets he’s shared from his personal account. and re-tweet the strange ‘Jaco Johan’ account.
The decisions he painstakingly puts forth are of every type – offside, ruck, lineout, scrum, kicks, tackle and foul play offenses – disapproving of lack of consistency from Australian umpire Nic Berry.
Forty minutes after the video, Erasmus sarcastically remarked, “I know you’ll say I’m nitpicking, but if you can apply the law throughout the game, that would be great.”
Erasmus took center stage, with numerous claims of injustice and an attack on social media
And picking out an incident where Duhan van der Merwe seems to drive Makazole Mapimpi into the ground cleaning him out of a ruck Erasmus adds: ‘If that’s allowed, tell us, we would have loved to hear that on Sunday evening, and we got that practice on Monday or Tuesday. I think it’s very dangerous.’
Erasmus saves his most provocative remarks for an incident he previously highlighted on Twitter – of Mako Vunipola picking Cheslin Kolbe off the ground while the wing lay on the ground and bundled into contact.
He believes that Kolbe was not only taken out of the sky, but that he did not come into direct contact, as Berry concluded, but that Vunipola could have seriously injured him.
“Vunipola pulls him off the ground like he’s a doll. If that’s a serious neck injury, I don’t think he would have all these quirky quotes in the papers,” Erasmus said, referring to the English gag who said he didn’t believe his act was “reckless” in any way, as claimed. by the Boxing supremo.
Erasmus responded to an anonymous account that outlined ‘dubious appeals’ in South Africa’s 22-17 loss to the Lions in the first Test
‘Is that good? If a Lions player is on the ground injured on Saturday, can we just pull him up and say ‘get up, you’re not injured’.”
Erasmus also claims that ‘the whole world’ knows that Hamish Watson should have been the scapegoat for a tip-tackle on Willie le Roux in the second half.
All in all, he is upset that his captain Siya Kolisi is being treated differently from Lions skipper Alun Wyn Jones by Berry and his aides.
“It’s funny that the respect of the assistant referees and the refs is different between the Lions and South Africa. There was a huge difference between who he took seriously and who he didn’t take seriously.’
World Rugby is sure to perform now as it has been so publicly planned by the World Cup winning Springbok coach. They have been approached for comment.