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Peter Bills: Time to expose refs who talk the talk but don't walk the walk

Peter Bills

Published 23/11/2010 | 05:00

Stephen Ferris did the unthinkable at the weekend. He publicly criticised a referee for his performance, inferring that Marius Jonker had been deficient in part of his handling of the Ireland v New Zealand game.

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The Lions flanker bemoaned Jonker's willingness to allow the Kiwis to kill --or at least slow down -- Irish ball at the breakdown, especially in the final quarter of the game.

Jonker's bark was worse than his bite. The South African had spent much of the game volubly warning players that he wasn't going to stand for any nonsense. Trouble was, he then did nothing.

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