TMOs concern WP coach
Allister Coetzee (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Western Province coach Allister Coetzee
is worried that rugby's television match officials (TMOs) are becoming too technical.
WP wing Gerhard van den Heever received a disputable yellow card in their 19-13 Currie Cup win over Griquas last Friday when TMO Shaun Veldsman ruled that Van den Heever had 'punched' Griquas scrumhalf Jacques Coetzee while running towards and sidestepping him.
Veldsman offered additional information to referee Lourens van der Merwe, who asked for a review of the incident.
Coetzee questioned the 'additional information' that the TMOs give, adding that he was concerned that things are getting so technical, and everything on the replay is so slow, that when the hand makes contact it looks very bad, the coach told the Rugby365 website
"I am very concerned how these incidents are being looked at. An attacker that punches somebody while sidestepping... I still have to review the incident, but to me in real time it looked like nothing."
WP are currently second on the overall Currie Cup log
, trailing the Sharks on points difference.
They tackle the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Friday.Currie Cup fixtures:Friday:
Free State Cheetahs v Western Province - 17:05
Golden Lions v Sharks - 19:10Saturday:
Griquas v Blue Bulls - 14:00