South Africa: Rassie Erasmus’s behavior was appalling and discredited the game

Rassie Erasmus’s referee attack was appalling and discredited rugby… it’s just a ploy to divert attention from South Africa’s players and coaches ahead of the second Test against the Lions

  • Rassie Erasmus’s behavior was appalling – I’ve never seen anything like it
  • A core value of the game is respect and Erasmus has completely ignored that
  • Questioning the integrity of referee Nic Berry is unacceptable and a distraction
  • No one is talking about how many kicks Handre Pollard missed in the first test

The way Rassie Erasmus has behaved this week is appalling. I’m tired of people beating up the guys in the middle. If you don’t have umpires, you won’t get a match.

I’ve never seen anything like it. One of the core values ​​of our game is respect for officials and Rassie has completely gone against that. In fact, he’s taken it to a whole new level.

Has the game been discredited? Absolute. You cannot question Nic Berry’s character and integrity. It is unacceptable. It’s just a trick to divert attention from South Africa’s players and coaches. Nobody talks about how many stairs Handre Pollard has missed now, right? That’s what coaches do. It’s an inexpensive way to take the pressure off yourself.

Rassie Erasmus’s behavior towards the officials this week was appalling and disrespectful

Questioning Referee Nic Berry's (center) integrity and character is unacceptable and a trick

Questioning Referee Nic Berry’s (center) integrity and character is unacceptable and a trick

If the Springboks had taken their chances in that match, Rassie wouldn’t have released a 62 minute video, I guarantee you.

Players, coaches and umpires all make mistakes. They are human. But Nic whistled the game well last week. You will always have discussions about decisions in rugby because there are so many gray areas. It is an imperfect science and so much comes down to interpretation. The umpires will be aware of what has been said this week.

It’s impossible to avoid the noise, but it doesn’t affect their approach to the game. They are professionals. I just hope it doesn’t happen again.

Nobody talks about how many kicks fly-half Handre Pollard (right) missed in the first Test

Nobody talks about how many kicks fly-half Handre Pollard (right) missed in the first Test

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