I’m wondering if Marius Jonker was wearing a Springbok shirt when he sat in the TMO sales space. How has he been appointed but once more, is my question. I performed one in all the first Tests with a TMO – England in opposition to South Africa in Bloemfontein in 2000. Joost van der Westhuizen scored a attempt on my chest. I do know an England shirt and the attempt line are the identical color, however my chest is not that small. I keep in mind being on the flooring, and Stuart Dickinson the referee going upstairs to the TMO, a South African, who went ‘scrum down our ball’, somewhat than ‘scrum down South Africa’.
That was the notion I had in the second Test. I do know it is bitter grapes, however a variety of choices have been completely ridiculous. How can they solely have a look at one angle of the Faf de Klerk sort out? Calls in the first Test, like the disallowed Willie le Roux attempt, have been marginal. Whereas in the second Test, calls simply went in opposition to the Lions after they shouldn’t have.
South Africa performed nicely in that second half of the second Test, no person is disputing that. But they performed nicely from a position which was unfair. And Warren Gatland can be saying that, as a result of with a honest rub of the inexperienced the Lions’ entire method may need modified after half-time.
The Lions will know they will beat this South Africa aspect. In a lot of the way, what occurred to them in the second Test may have left them feeling aggrieved. If you have a look at the build-up to this weekend, the psychological preparation and psychological benefits both sides get, Pieter-Steph du Toit and De Klerk being out is a massive loss for South Africa.
The Lions will use that, and any gripes they’ve with the choices that went in opposition to them final Saturday. It all helps, all provides to the anger and depth and vitality ranges. I fancy the Lions to come back out of the blocks actually robust on Saturday and win. Let’s hope that the destiny of the collection isn’t determined by a South African TMO.