Gatland acccused of ‘destroying dignity’ of sequence

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South Africa assistant Mzwandile Stick accused British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland of “destroying the dignity of the sequence” following his reported fury on the appointment of Marius Jonker as Tv Match Official (TMO) for the primary check.

South Africa’s director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has been below fireplace for an hour-long video that was launched this week wherein he used 26 clips from the 22-17 loss on Saturday to critique the match officers, together with Australian referee Nic Berry.

However assault coach Stick has gone on the offensive, and suggests it was Gatland’s reported criticism of the appointment of South African Jonker as a late TMO substitute, which the Springboks declare put him below strain, that lit the fuse.

“The integrity of World Rugby was challenged.. somebody [Gatland] on the opposite aspect was questioning them on the choice that was made. I’ve not seen any assertion from his aspect the place he’s apologising about it,” Stick advised reporters on Friday.

“That’s one thing that destroyed the dignity of the sequence. To query the appointments made by World Rugby, that’s the place it begins. That’s one thing we have to query. What is sweet for one aspect should be good for the opposite.

“It can’t be the place one workforce is taking part in on a grass discipline and the opposite on mud. We aren’t asking for any favours, we simply desire a honest, equal floor for everybody.”

The Lions didn’t instantly reply to Reuters’ request for remark.

Erasmus additionally claimed Bok captain Siya Kolisi had not acquired the identical “respect” from Berry that was afforded Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones.

Kolisi wouldn’t be drawn into element on the contents of the video, however did affirm he was sad together with his therapy by Berry.

“I did not really feel revered in any respect. I did not really feel I used to be given a good alternative,” Kolisi stated. “I did not get given the identical entry to the referee. There may be proof. When you watch the sport once more you will note that for your self.”

Kolisi went on to reward this Saturday’s referee for the second check, New Zealander Ben O’Keeffe.

“It’s a new recreation and a brand new referee, I’m positive Ben will give me a good probability,” he stated.

Erasmus’ actions have since been slammed by Rugby Australia and he’s additionally the topic of a World Rugby investigation.

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