South Africans don't need a secret poll to vote for their worst referee
New Zealand’s Super Rugby stars anonymously voted Glen Jackson as the worst Super Rugby referee, however, it is no secret who South Africans will vote for.
While French referees Romain Poite, Jerome Garces and Mathieu Raynal will make all Springbok supporters’ blood boil, there remains one referee who will forever be the most vilified.
The Springboks’ 2011 World Cup quarterfinal defeat to the Wallabies will forever be the match that Lawrence will be remembered for.
He allowed the Wallabies to get away with murder across the park, especially at the breakdown.
The Springboks dominated possession and territory in that match, but they had several try-scoring opportunities scuppered by David Pocock and Co, who were not penalised for a string of infringements.
Lawrence ignored the illegal tactics employed by the Wallabies at the breakdown which resulted in a controversial 11-9 win for the Aussie against what was the most experienced Springbok line-up in history – at the time.