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South Africa double down on Rassie Erasmus’ scathing criticism of referees in Lions series

South Africa double down on Rassie Erasmus’ criticism of referees with Siya Kolisi insisting he ‘did not really feel revered’ in first Lions Test… whereas the Boks additionally accuse Warren Gatland of ‘destroying the dignity of the series’

  • South Africa have exploded the facility keg build-up to the second Lions Test 
  • Siya Kolisic has claimed he didn’t really feel revered in the primary Test in Cape Town 
  • The Springboks selected to double down on Rassie Erasmus’ criticism of referees 
  • Erasmus claimed that Kolisi was not proven the identical respect as Alun Wyn Jones 











South Africa exploded the powder-keg build-up to the second Lions Test with captain Siya Kolisi saying he was not revered in the primary Test, and the Boks accused Warren Gatland of ‘destroying the dignity of the series’.

In one more extraordinary, orchestrated outburst the Springboks doubled-down on their boss Rassie Erasmus’ criticisms of referees.

The director of rugby, in his hour-long on-line video rant, had claimed Kolisi was not afforded the identical respect by Australian referee Nic Berry as Lions skipper Alun Wyn Jones.

South Africa captain Siya Kolisi has insisted he didn’t really feel ‘revered’ in the primary Lions Test

Kolisi believes he wasn't afforded the same access to referee Nic Berry as Alun Wyn Jones

Kolisi believes he wasn’t afforded the identical entry to referee Nic Berry as Alun Wyn Jones

When requested about that Kolisi mentioned: ‘I didn’t really feel revered in any respect, I didn’t suppose I used to be given a good alternative. I’m wanting ahead to it, it’s a new sport, I’m wanting ahead to getting a good alternative for each captains. That is all that’s requested for.’

Asked to make clear in which methods he was disrespected Kolisi bit again.

‘Did you watch the video that has been put out there?’ he added.

‘I think watch the video and then we can chat after the game. I don’t really want to get into it, to be honest. We can speak about it after the game. I didn’t get given the same access to the referee. There’s proof. If you watch the game, you will definitely be able to see yourself.’

Springboks director of rugby Rassie Erasmus launched into an hour-long rant at World Rugby

Springboks director of rugby Rassie Erasmus launched into an hour-long rant at World Rugby

His video went through 30 decisions Erasmus feels went against South Africa last Saturday

His video went via 30 selections Erasmus feels went towards South Africa final Saturday

Sportsmail understands that Erasmus will proceed in his water-boy position on Saturday in Cape Town, and may have entry to the pitch as soon as extra, regardless of his stinging assault on Berry – who this weekend is one of two assistant referees.

Mzwandile Stick, the South African assault coach, piled into Gatland when requested about Erasmus’ video.

‘If Rassie got into trouble because of what he said on social media, then the gentleman that challenged the integrity of the game at the beginning, when the TMO was challenged, I think that is something that really destroyed the dignity of the series,’ he mentioned referring on to Gatland and the Lions who questioned World Rugby’s course of of appointing a ‘home’ tv match official for the primary Test – when selecting South African Marius Jonker after Kiwi Brendon Pickerill was unavailable to journey as a consequence of Covid.

Sportsmail understands Erasmus will continue in his water-boy role on Saturday in Cape Town

Sportsmail understands Erasmus will proceed in his water-boy position on Saturday in Cape Town

‘And it also challenges the integrity of World Rugby.

‘Let’s go on the build-up to the primary sport. Firstly the integrity of World Rugby was challenged by one other human being the place Marius Jonker was appointed TMO then somebody on the opposite facet was asking World Rugby and difficult them in regards to the resolution they made.

‘Everyone knows we are living in a pandemic time, we are living during Covid and the other gentleman that was supposed to be the TMO because of the Covid protocols he couldn’t journey to South Africa. Unfortunately that isn’t in our palms and we don’t appoint TMOs.

Warren Gatland was accused of destroying the dignity of the series ahead of the second Test

Warren Gatland was accused of destroying the dignity of the series forward of the second Test

‘And the fact that that was publicly challenged by another coach on the other side and to date I haven’t heard any assertion from his facet apologising about it, I haven’t had any assertion from World Rugby so I really feel, you understand what, we’re not asking for any favours.

‘We just want equal ground, it has took us 12 years to get to where we are at the moment so I wouldn’t like the entire series to be all about selections that have been taken by the officers or the entire vibe in regards to the coaches off the sphere.’

The Lions can win the series in Cape Town with victory, two matches into the three-game series.

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