Friday 24 November 2017

Johnson furious at Hamilton yellow

South Africa 30, Scotland 17

Scotland head coach Scott Johnson reacted with unrestrained fury at the yellow card shown to second-row Jim Hamilton which played a significant part in letting South Africa recover from 17-6 down to beat his team.

Asked if there should be any citings after the game, Johnson was blunt. "Yes, the fourth official," he said.

Although the pushing incident that led to Hamilton being sent from the field happened in front of referee Roman Poite and his assistant Neil Hennessy, it was television match official Gerrie Coetzee who was asked for a ruling.

Johnson continued: "I am bitterly disappointed. I believe we could have won and I think we should have.

"There was a 10-minute period where we were down to 14 men and we're not playing tiddlywinks. I've never seen someone sin-binned for that before. It ruined a great game of footy."

Scotland felt the full force of the game with both starting fly-half Ruaridh Jackson and his replacement Peter Horne being taken off, as was flanker Ryan Wilson.

This at the end of a week where three players from the weakened squad have already had to go home. All three of those casualties are doubtful for the rest of the tour.

Hooker Scott Lawson added: "Pride at the performance, you can't take that away, but for me the overriding emotion is frustration at the result.

"It was a Test match against the South Africans that we could have won, so it had to be frustration."

Irish Independent

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