Rassie’s rant! Seething South African boss Erasmus savages World Rugby referees in HOUR-long video in which he dissects 30 decisions he feels they got wrong in first Test defeat by the Lions… as he offers to QUIT ahead of the final two matches
- The remarkable hour-long video sees South Africa director of rugby Rassie Erasmus rant about World Rugby and their referees
- Erasmus highlights 30 decisions he feels were incorrect during South Africa’s first Test defeat to the British and Irish Lions in last Saturday’s first Test
- He accuses the officials of disrespecting his team and not knowing the laws
- Erasmus offers to step aside ahead of the remaining two Tests in the series
South African head honcho Rassie Erasmus launched into an extraordinary hour-long rant in which he savages World Rugby, their referees and said he might quit the final two matches of the series after his attack.
In an incredible video posted on the online platform Vimeo – curiously by an account called ‘JJ’, echoing his apparent Twitter alter-ego ‘Jaco Johan’ – Erasmus is seething, offering a step-by-step analysis of every bad decision he thinks was made in the first Test.
The Springbok director of rugby accuses the officials in the first Test of a lack of respect to his team, of not knowing their own laws, highlights 30 decisions he feels they got wrong and even says the Lions’ illegal scrummaging caused a neck injury to his prop Ox Nche.
South Africa director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has launched into an hour-long rant at World Rugby and their referees as he dissects their first Test loss to the British and Irish Lions
The video dissects 30 decisions Erasmus feels went against South Africa or were incorrect during the first Test in Cape Town last Saturday
Throughout his analysis – laden with sarcasm and deep frustrations – he calls decisions ‘mind-baffling’, ‘silly’, ‘comical’, ‘incredible’ and that ‘consistency went out the window’.
And Erasmus offers to step aside for the last two Tests of the series.
‘If you guys request that I’m not involved in this Test match there’s no problem,’ he said, talking directly to World Rugby referee’s manager Joel Jutge.
‘If you request I’m not a water-carrier there’s no problem.
‘If you think this is going over the top and it shouldn’t go out to the media, then I did this in my personal capacity, not as part of the Springboks and I’ll withdraw myself from the Springbok management team.
‘It should be fair that I’ll step away from these last two Test matches but let the Springboks and the Lions have an equal chance on the field.’
Erasmus acts as a water carrier during the first Test between South Africa and the Lions
This is an attempt from Erasmus to turn the tide ahead of the second Test, changing what he believes is a narrative that South Africa are a dirty team – but one that will lose him lots of respect.
He is angry that Lions boss Warren Gatland heaped pressure on South African television match official Marius Jonker before the first Test, questioning his neutrality, and thinks it influenced key decisions in Cape Town.
‘The narrative the Lions are trying to put out is that we don’t know the laws, we’re playing on power, and we don’t respect the laws of the game,’ he said.
‘We feel we got no joy with anything because we were quiet last week, and they were all over the media.’
Australian referee Nic Berry watches a scrum during Saturday’s first Test in Cape Town
Erasmus also claims he filmed this video on Tuesday lunchtime as he had received no meaningful feedback from World Rugby on these decisions made in the first Test.
He said he called Jutge on Sunday, but the referee’s boss did not answer his phone – it going straight to a voicemail message in French.
‘I wouldn’t have had to do this is if he answered our call on Sunday night – nothing would have been on Twitter or all over the bloody media,’ he added, referring to a number of tweets he has shared from his personal account, and re-tweeting the strange ‘Jaco Johan’ account.
The decisions he painstakingly highlights are of every type – offsides, ruck, lineout, scrum, kicking, tackling and foul-play infringements – decrying a lack of consistency from Australian referee Nic Berry.
Forty minutes into the video, Erasmus sarcastically remarked: ‘I know you’ll say I’m nit-picking, but if you can apply the law the same right through the game, that will be great’
Erasmus has been centre stage, with myriad claims of injustice and a social media onslaught
And picking out an incident where Duhan van der Merwe appears to drive Makazole Mapimpi into the ground when clearing him out of a ruck Erasmus adds: ‘if that’s allowed just tell us, we would have loved to hear that on Sunday night, and we could have practiced that on Monday or Tuesday. According to me it’s very dangerous.’
Erasmus saves his most barbed comments for an incident he highlighted previously on Twitter – of Mako Vunipola picking Cheslin Kolbe off the ground when the wing is lying on the floor having been bundled into touch.
He believes that not only was Kolbe taken out in the air, he did not land straight into touch, as Berry decided, but that Vunipola could have caused him serious injury.
‘Vunipola pulls him up from the ground as if he’s a doll. If that’s a serious neck injury I don’t think he’d have all these quirky quotes in the newspapers,’ said Erasmus, referring to the England prop saying he did not believe his act was in any way ‘reckless’ as claimed by the Boks supremo.
Erasmus responded to an anonymous account who had outlined ‘questionable calls’ in South Africa’s 22-17 loss to the Lions in the first Test
‘Is that ok? If a Lions player lies on the ground injured on Saturday, can we just pull them up, and say ‘get up, you’re not injured’.’
Erasmus also claims that ‘the whole world’ knows Hamish Watson should have been sin-binned for a tip-tackle on Willie le Roux in the second half.
All in all, he is angry that his captain Siya Kolisi is treated differently by Berry and his assistants than Lions skipper Alun Wyn Jones.
‘It’s comical, the way the respect the assistant referees and the refs is different between the Lions and South Africa. There was a vast difference between who he was taking serious and who he wasn’t taking serious.’
World Rugby are now sure to act having been so publicly slated by the World Cup-winning Springbok coach. They have been contacted for comment.
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