- Sep 7, 2009
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Seems the best outcome to my mind as well. I would also hope for more transparency from WR going forward. I believe there can be ways to be open and honest about ref performances without it becoming unmanagable. At the end of the day these decisions have massive implications for the players' careers most of which are short enough already.This is going to end badly whatever happens.
- Strip SA of the ***le and they will say it's sour grapes and that WR is owned by the big 6N teams.
- Punish only Erasmus and it will be claimed it's the big powers silencing someone telling the truth
- Neither Erasmus nor SA punished it will be used as a test case to say coaches are allowed to engage in this behaviour and the game becomes virtually impossible to ref, instead the focus being put on a huge whinge-fest and the entire credibility of the sport being called into question
Ultimately I think the least damaging course of action is for Erasmus to face a penalty but stripping SA of the ***le doesn't seem justified and awarding it to the Lions instead is sheer madness. By extension though I'd want to see a greater clampdown on some of the stupid antics employed by coaches in the media if Erasmus is punished. For example when Gatland and the Welsh coaching team whined like crazy in public and private about a non-try in a Wales vs England game that was literally decided by going back and forth between 2 or 3 frames in a replay. That should never have been allowed. Coaches should be allowed to challenge ref decisions and ask for clarification. Hell they should be allowed to rant for a whole hour but it should be through proper channels, not through social media. At most the coach should say they have gone through the channels with any complaints but that should be the extent of it.
I'd also end the waterboy antics. Members of the coaching staff not to be allowed on the field of play end of.
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For me its not the differing interpretations between different referees that is the issue or one or two brain farts even as much as it is applying those interpretations differently between teams in the same game.Agree and disagree, the northern and Southern Hemisphere refs have reffed the game different irrespective of the law changes. The ruck is the biggest area where refs literally play a completely different game. It needs sorting.