South Africa doubles down on Rassie Erasmus’ scathing criticism of referees in Lions series

South Africa doubles down on Rassie Erasmus’ criticism of umpires, with Siya Kolisi insisting he ‘felt disrespected’ in the first Lions Test… while the Boxers also accuse Warren Gatland of ‘destroying the dignity of the series’

  • South Africa has exploded the flow vessel build-up to the second Lions test
  • Siya Kolisic has claimed he felt disrespected during the first test in Cape Town
  • The Springboks chose to double Rassie Erasmus’s criticism of referees
  • Erasmus claimed that Kolisi was not given the same respect as Alun Wyn Jones

South Africa exploded the build-up of powder kegs into the second Lions test, with captain Siya Kolisi saying he was disrespected in the first test, and the Boks accused Warren Gatland of ‘destroying the dignity of the series’.

In yet another extraordinary, orchestrated outburst, the Springboks doubled down on their boss Rassie Erasmus’s criticism of referees.

The rugby director claimed in his hour-long online video rant that Kolisi did not receive the same respect from Australian referee Nic Berry as Lions skipper Alun Wyn Jones.

South Africa captain Siya Kolisi has insisted he didn’t feel ‘respected’ in first Lions Test

Kolisi believes he didn't get the same access to referee Nic Berry as Alun Wyn Jones

Kolisi believes he didn’t get the same access to referee Nic Berry as Alun Wyn Jones

When asked about this, Kolisi said: ‘I didn’t feel respected at all, I didn’t think I was getting a fair chance. I’m looking forward to it, it’s a new game, I’m looking forward to getting a fair chance for both captains. That’s all that’s asked.’

Asked to clarify the ways in which he was disrespected, Kolisi snapped back.

“Did you watch the video posted there?” he added.

“I think you should watch the video and then we can talk after the game. I don’t really want to get into it, to be honest. We can talk about it after the game. I didn’t get the same access to the referee. There is evidence. If you watch the match, you can definitely see yourself.”

Rugby spring boxing director Rassie Erasmus started ranting at World Rugby for an hour

Rugby spring boxing director Rassie Erasmus started ranting at World Rugby for an hour

His video went through 30 decisions that according to Erasmus went against South Africa last Saturday

His video went through 30 decisions that according to Erasmus went against South Africa last Saturday

Sports post understands that Erasmus will continue his role as a waterboy in Cape Town on Saturday and regain access to the field, despite his sharp attack on Berry – who is one of two assistant referees this weekend.

South African striker Mzwandile Stick burst into Gatland when asked about Erasmus’ video.

“If Rassie got into trouble because of what he said on social media, then I think the gentleman who challenged the integrity of the game in the beginning, when the TMO was challenged, destroyed the dignity of the series,” he said directly referring to Gatland and the Lions questioning World Rugby’s process to appoint a ‘home’ television match official for the first Test – when he chose South African Marius Jonker after Kiwi Brendon Pickerill was unavailable to travel because of Covid.

Sportsmail understands that Erasmus will continue in his role as a water boy in Cape Town on Saturday

Sports post understands that Erasmus will continue on Saturday in Cape Town in his role as water boy

“And it also challenges the integrity of World Rugby.

“Let’s continue with the build-up to the first game. First, the integrity of World Rugby was tested by another human being where Marius Jonker was appointed as TMO, and then someone on the other side asked World Rugby and challenged them about the decision they had made.

“Everyone knows we live in a pandemic time, we live during Covid and the other gentleman who had to be the TMO because of the Covid protocols he couldn’t travel to South Africa. Unfortunately, that is not in our hands and we do not appoint TMOs.

Warren Gatland was accused of destroying the dignity of the series ahead of the second Test

Warren Gatland was accused of destroying the dignity of the series ahead of the second Test

“And the fact that that was publicly challenged by another coach on the other side and to date I haven’t heard a single statement from his side apologizing for that, I haven’t gotten an explanation from World Rugby so I feel, know you what, we ask no favors.

“We just want level ground, it took us 12 years to get to where we are now so I wouldn’t want the whole series to be just about decisions made by the umpires or the whole atmosphere about the coaches being out . the field.’

The Lions can win the series in Cape Town with a win, two games in the three-game series.

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