VIDEO: When referees school players
WATCH as a couple of referees bring out their best chirps to put seasoned players in their place in the United Rugby Championship at the weekend.
First up was seasoned South African referee Jaco Peyper, who schooled World Cup-winning Springbok hookers Mbongeni Mbonambi and Bismarck du Plessis over their attitude towards match officials.
He suggested 30-year-old Mbonambi, capped 48 times, and the 37-year-old Du Plessis, capped 79 times, were speaking to officials like they have “no respect” for them.
“I know you are big characters, you are both good players, both Springboks,” Peyper told the duo, adding: “Please, come back to the values [of the game].”
This schooling session came just before the half-hour mark of the Sharks 30-16 win over the Bulls in Durban this past Friday.
A day later, in Cape Town, fellow referee Marius van der Westhuizen had a few ‘words of wisdom’ for Lions hooker Jaco Visagie in their 37-19 win over the Stormers – moments after the No.2 returned from his 10 minutes in the sin bin.
The teams attempted to set a scrum just on the hour mark, but the front rows came up before the process was completed.
“It was perfect now before you came [back] on again,” Van der Westhuizen said with an authoritative tone, adding: “We had perfect stability and then you returned.”