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Tue 25 Feb 2020 | 11:35

SA officials in firing line...again

SA officials in firing line...again
Tue 25 Feb 2020 | 11:35
SA officials in firing line...again
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: It is not uncommon for the match officials to be on the receiving end of tirades from unhappy coaches, players and fans after a match, usually a loss.

However, in the wake of England’s 24-12 win over Ireland at Twickenham on Sunday, those from both sides of the Irish Sea have objected to the officiating of the Test.

In a game where the ruck seemed to descend to anarchy at times, with players playing fast and loose with the offside law, former England international Andy Goode has suggested South African referee Jaco Peyper favoured the home side.

Jim Hamilton concurred, citing Jonny May’s break in the second half that came from slapping the ball from scrumhalf Conor Murray’s hands. That actually preceded a tackle off the ball from Robbie Henshaw that has proved to be equally contentious and was also missed.

SA officials in firing line...again

English and Irish fans have both accused the South African referee of being biased, which perhaps suggests that he was more neutral than many would like to think. But there were undoubtedly some decisions that went unnoticed.

Very few, if any, would argue that the referee swayed the result of the game, as England were significantly strong, particularly in the first half, but that should not excuse the standard of the officiating.

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