Saturday 18 November 2017

Peter Bills: Disjointed Springboks vent fury at ref justice

Australia 30
South Africa 13

South Africa's BJ Botha in attack during Saturday's Tri-Nations encounter in Brisbane. Photo: Getty Images
South Africa's BJ Botha in attack during Saturday's Tri-Nations encounter in Brisbane. Photo: Getty Images

Peter Bills in Brisbane

Irish referee George Clancy followed his fellow countryman Alain Rolland into South Africa's bad books with his first performance in a Tri-Nations match, at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium.

Not without reason, the Springboks raised eyebrows several centimetres and again talked darkly of an Irish referee allowing a home player to escape the sin bin on several occasions.

In Wellington the previous week against the All Blacks, Rolland had been unduly lenient with Richie McCaw's frequent offsides at the breakdown. Yet he sin-binned Springbok lock Danie Rossouw for a first offence.

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