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McCaw hits out at Lawrence

2012-10-09 14:08

Cape Town - Although he steered clear of any controversial claims about referees in his newly released autobiography The Open Side, All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw did suggest that England's Wayne Barnes may have been out of his depth in the 2007 Rugby World Cup quarter-final against France.

"This was Barnes' biggest game by far. On the big stage, an inexperienced referee is likely to become so afraid of making a mistake that he stops making any decisions at all.

"By the end of it, I thought Barnes was frozen with fear and wouldn't make any big calls."

According to the Stuff.co.nz website, McCaw's analysis of fellow New Zealander Bryce Lawrence's performance in the 2011 World Cup quarter-final between Australia and South Africa was very similar, although it came as no surprise to McCaw who had suffered at the hands of Lawrence in the Super Rugby final against the Reds earlier that year, which the Reds won 18-13.

"Australia are lucky to beat South Africa in Wellington, after Bryce Lawrence does what he did in Brisbane in the Super 15 final - freezes, and forgets to blow his whistle," he wrote.

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Comments
  • liesure.larry - 2012-10-09 14:18

    Hey boet it's 2012... 2011 is long gone... you should have spoken UP at that time of the incident, which would have made it more appropriate...but rather you kept quite as you know the Boks would have vrommeld you bunch of "Skaap Knakkers.".

      cinta.tauai - 2012-10-09 14:28

      like the Boks did last weekend? haha

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-09 14:33

      Cinta, jy's nogal n lekker stukkie.

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-09 14:41

      Hou jou in Spyker, jou vrou/sussie gaan jou m0Er!!!

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-09 14:46

      Ek my sussie het n oop verhouding. Besides, sy kan nie lekker lees nie.

      liesure.larry - 2012-10-09 14:56

      @Cinta... Last weekend and Last year is two totally different games..

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-09 15:08

      @spyker, dink jy ook Yo-landi vi$$er is n warm stukkie, die nuwe Patricia Lewis ?

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-10-09 15:14

      He hasn't spoken out... it's in a book! By the way, the game last weekend, still waiting for your prediction of totally detruction of the All Blacks...

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-09 15:30

      Spyker you peach you!!!!! Lol

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-09 15:40

      Blou, Patricia is nogal huge hier in Brakpan. Maar ek moet sê, Yolandi is te tappit, even vir Brakpan.

      liesure.larry - 2012-10-09 16:07

      @Jimmy you are delusional... Pls state once where i said " By the way, the game last weekend, still waiting for your prediction of totally detruction of the All Blacks"... kom p!$b3k....

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-09 16:25

      In die kaap is Yo-landi vi$$er groter as die platberg

      henry.jansen.9693 - 2012-10-10 08:05

      a professional sportsman like McCaw know protocol, he is bound by strict conditions on speaking out about anything related to rugby, unlike his s.a counterparts, they just speak thr mind or boks the opposition instead. and it's a book he's released, so he's summing up events of the past.......,

      rodney.louis.7 - 2012-10-10 14:37

      @cinta sure luv me a rugby passionate chick ..

  • bertie.naude.35 - 2012-10-09 14:20

    What does he have to say about Craig Joubert giving them the World Cup.

      cape.maori - 2012-10-09 14:23

      bitter donkie!

      terry.burne - 2012-10-09 14:28

      I agree with you - I think Joubert was too scared to blow McCaw in the 2nd half of that final, and the AB got away with murder. The French were definitely hard done by. I think it is time that referees were paid the same money as the top players (as in several million rand per year). That way you would attract top people to become referees. It is unfortunate that probably the lowest paid person on the field, is the person with the most influence on the outcome of a game. If you paid that sort of money to the referee, then you would get better calibre referees, and those that underperformed would be ruthlessly demoted to lower levels (and lower pay), and would have to work their way up the rankings again.

      cape.maori - 2012-10-09 14:31

      @Terry - please report Craig Joubert to the Public Protector - your proposition makes sense! Let us know what her findings are!

      Ecosse.Nkosi - 2012-10-10 12:07

      Not sure but I was watching him for the first 20 minutes of the Oz v Argie match last weekend and he was terrible, totally favoured the Ozzies.

  • ettiene.esterhuizen.7 - 2012-10-09 14:21

    I must say what a legend!!!!!

      liesure.larry - 2012-10-09 14:23

      WTF???

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-09 14:33

      Bryce Lawrence?

      bradley.kecskes - 2012-10-09 14:56

      Richie is good at what he does, The all blacks as a team are good at what they do...play rugby!

      Ecosse.Nkosi - 2012-10-10 12:10

      McCaw is the biggest cheat I have ever watched on a rugby field, he was constantly on the wrong side of the ruck last Saturday, playing the ball on the ground with both hands and feet. If he had been caught for even half of the offences he would have had so many sin bins he would have been off the field for the whole game.

  • michael.mbatha.5 - 2012-10-09 15:00

    This is just bleddy annoying. Whya has he kept quiet for so long? Should have spoken last year and clearly he's still bitter about not winning the 2007WC and 2011 Super rugby titles. As SAfricans, we've gotten over that and are looking forward to the next tour. Go sell your book in your little islands,including Mitchelsplain! Maybe send a copy of it to Peter DevilArse.

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-10-09 15:10

      And you are accusing McCaw of being bitter... Dumba@ss (I'm being sar-cas-tic, go look it up idiot!)

      cape.maori - 2012-10-09 15:12

      Hey, go watch soccer!

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-09 15:32

      Michael, ignore these two twats, they are just here to waist our time, I’m with you bru!!!!!

      cape.maori - 2012-10-09 15:35

      @Jaco - "waste", not waist! Bietjie stadig

      ckrohne1 - 2012-10-09 16:57

      @cape.maori -; wow, capieeeeeee you seriously a racist. You dislike black people too? FYI rugby,especially the Springboks belongs to black people as much as it belongs to white people here in South Africa. Just as Bafana Bafana belongs to white people as much as it belongs to black people.

      henk.jacobs.39 - 2012-10-09 18:42

      My magtig cape, kan jy 'n fout raak sien! Oulik van jou...10/10...Nou loop kry vir jou 'n sterretjie!

      Caleb - 2012-10-10 02:36

      Hahahhahhaha 'as south Africans weve gotten over that'?!!!!! Where have you been man, all i see on here is 'refs are against us', 'poor SA' bullcrap that just goes on and on and on. Next time SA lose, it will be the ref is incompetent, or the opposition (any opposition) cheated. Guarantee that 100%

      rodney.louis.7 - 2012-10-10 14:40

      hey cape .. ur racist views are not appreciated on this forum ..

  • nicolaas.geldenhuys - 2012-10-09 15:34

    @ cape.maori, do you have a life? or does it simply consist of you pathetically trolling around on news24's rugby articles?

      cape.maori - 2012-10-09 15:37

      I'm engaging in constructive debate!

      ckrohne1 - 2012-10-09 20:38

      @cape.maori : You having a constructive debate? I am still waiting for the response to my challenge.....That is what will qualify you as a constructive individual when it comes to debate. Respond to my challenge. You supporting your country's fiercest rivals-what is so constructive of that?

      derek.wright.7370 - 2012-10-10 15:38

      Cape Maori, it's your and my COUNTRY that lost last week and at the world cup, not a premiership soccer club or super 15 'club'

  • mack.myburgh - 2012-10-09 15:45

    cape .maori ? rather capee.moron ! If its so grand down under in the land of the long (cannabis) cloud ,move china ,move ! You are a disgrace to any man of colour that has played for the green and gold ...........even Earl Rose is beter than that !

      cape.maori - 2012-10-09 15:53

      Sorry china, I'm not chinese!

      johnson.burger.7 - 2012-10-10 05:46

      mack.myburgh rather the land of the long white cannabis cloud than land of rainbow (every one has aids) nation

  • neville.watson.94 - 2012-10-09 17:53

    Richie want's to control the ref so that he can do what he do best , killing the ball at the breakdown

  • nervern - 2012-10-09 20:31

    Cape Maori your not an all black, youre a Ol blek...you aint a crusader but a kroesyder. In other words you are fake...!!! I deal with guys like you everyday on my way to campus...guys that support the number 1 teams in every sport...let me guess your prob support spain or brazil and man united or madrid? Cricket ur pwob australia?

      viva.lebok - 2012-10-09 21:31

      cape maori is a d00s, plain and simple.

  • keithronald.wildschut - 2012-10-09 21:26

    Too late Richie it does'nt help at all.

  • glen.keesing - 2012-10-09 22:04

    The "world" cup is overrated. "the best (luckiest ) team in one competition in one month , of one year,every 4 years. Try being the worlds no.1 team for over 90% of the time since its introduction in 2002. We all know their is only one team in the world that can do that or anything like that.. No Competition!!!

  • glen.keesing - 2012-10-09 22:08

    By luckiest, look at S.A draw in their last Victory. They only had To beat a 9th ranked English team . No Aussie, AB,s, Wales, Ireland. The only way they could have not won is if they forgot to turn up for the Final!

  • glen.keesing - 2012-10-09 22:35

    I don't blame Wayne Barnes (as poor as his game was) for the A,Bs 2007 exit. They need to take the responsibility. They knew the capabilities of the French, and that referees make mistakes. They new they needed to be ahead sufficiently ( as they normally are 9 times out of 10), that a poor refereeing call wouldn't cost them the game. They didn't take their opportunities when presented. I.E camped for 8 mins in Frances 22 and not taking the drop goal etc. Likewise The Boks shouldn't be bitter about their loss to Aussie last year either. They made all the same mistakes and also need to take responsibility. All their Wins were tight, They were lucky to get past Wales, and if you are not playing an attacking game like the AB,s and just collecting penalties ( remember of all 8 teams,in that knock out round, both winning and losing, they were the only team not to score a try), you can expect either a very narrow win or a more than likely a loss, which is what they got. The Ref did not select the team /their game plan/ or even their opposition. When your style of Rugby tends to attract narrow wins, then you must expect that you are more exposed to referring calls, both for and against you. It is all to easy and convenient to blame the ref for every narrow miss. How about adopting a better game plan , scoring more points, and winning by 10 or more and taking the Ref out of the equation as the AB's do 90% of the time. But they must first be big enough to accept they are to blame.

  • eblom1 - 2012-10-09 23:12

    @cape maori.I am a south african living in nz.let me tell u,the kiwis laugh at people like u pretending your blood is black.Walking around with you All Black jersey in town.Do you think they see a kiwi or just a capey with a black jersey.I mean look at your "name"CAPE MAORI.what a joke..If you think u going to fit in more here than u did in sa you dreaming mate.you are nothing but a sour racist draadsitter..So if you hate South Africa and the Springboks so muchWhat are you still doing here chatting about Springbok rugby..I am sure their is some kiwi/all black blogs u can go and have a chat on.Till the day you die your blood will be green.u can walk around with your all black jersey everyday and go to every game, but u will still be known as the wannebe saffa all black supporter.the joke is on u mate.

  • eblom1 - 2012-10-09 23:12

    @cape maori.I am a south african living in nz.let me tell u,the kiwis laugh at people like u pretending your blood is black.Walking around with you All Black jersey in town.Do you think they see a kiwi or just a capey with a black jersey.I mean look at your "name"CAPE MAORI.what a joke..If you think u going to fit in more here than u did in sa you dreaming mate.you are nothing but a sour racist draadsitter..So if you hate South Africa and the Springboks so muchWhat are you still doing here chatting about Springbok rugby..I am sure their is some kiwi/all black blogs u can go and have a chat on.Till the day you die your blood will be green.u can walk around with your all black jersey everyday and go to every game, but u will still be known as the wannebe saffa all black supporter.the joke is on u mate.

      johnson.burger.7 - 2012-10-10 05:49

      Not true eblom, we don't even know where Cape Town is or care because South Africa is third world as...

      nzbro.allblack - 2012-10-10 08:28

      errr not quite true eblom. your immigrant saffa "kiwi" mates might laugh at cape for being an all black supporter but we real kiwis do not laugh at any of our all black supporters from any country.How could we? We think its just awesome to have fans from all over the world supporting the All Blacks.The All Blacks have gathered a following over the years from so many nationalities because of their brand of rugby,the Haka and performance stats and even today after the 2011 rwc more international fans are added as the All Blacks became known to new fans of rugby.Your malicious attitude eblom1 towards those different to yourself is disappointing and very unlike that of a typical kiwi but as you said you're a saffa immigrant so I guess whatever you left in SA still lives in your heart hence your malice.You are no different to the hate filled comments from saffa posters on this site.We ("real kiwis") shake our heads in utter disbelief at the blatant hatred you all show to your fellow countrymen in a SPORT ! I often wonder what you must feel towards a real enemy in war. To us, anyone wearing the All Black jersey is united with us in sport & love of the All Blacks.Who you are & where you're from & what you call yourself does not matter, its the love of the black jersey that matters.If you cannot adapt to that way of thinking eblom , then I strongly suggest you go back to africa where you belong with your own malicious kind. I say this with kindness ...NZ is not for you.

      cape.maori - 2012-10-10 08:40

      @Ernest (or rather baas Ernest) - I think you miss the point. we are passionate ALL BLACK supporters, and there is nothing that you or your fellow country men can do about it. We do not care how you or anyone else view us - we know who we are and a proud South Africans supporting the All Blacks. Finish en klaar!!

      jullian.debruin - 2012-10-10 09:16

      I cannot understand why follow South African have so much hatred towards the Boks

      cape.maori - 2012-10-10 10:59

      @Jullian - if you followed the debate (which is probably difficult for you!) over the past 8 years, you will understand. Hate is a strong and inappropriate word in this context. I do not support the. It is called freedom of choice. In Afrikaans vir jou onthalwe, vryheid van keuse!

      ckrohne1 - 2012-10-10 11:19

      @nzbro.allblack -Please dont tell me you're in support of people who betray their own country's sportmen. Also, you conveniently ignore the hatred the SAFFA all black supporters have towards their countrymen(Bokke).....The all black supporters in other countries may have sensible reasons for the supporting the all blacks, where as the SAFFA all black supporters have reasons that is in noway justifyable, unless fake.maori wants to respond to my challenge as to why he supports the all blacks.I also would think that the all black supporters in other countries as a priority would support their national rugby teams with the all blacks in second. If I were a born kiwi I would rather have someone supporting their own country before their support my country.If they support my national rugby team I would want them to do so for the right reason and not for reasons such as what happened during appartheid(21 years ago) and a hatred towards a specific racial group.....

  • glen.keesing - 2012-10-09 23:19

    It's interesting how many South Africans are All Black supporters. I haven't yet however seen a single example of a Kiwi Springbok supporter. I guess the answer is simple really.... Everyone likes to back a winner!

      gsaker1 - 2012-10-10 02:15

      Then u don't read some of my blogs dude in the past I have said I always support the Boks over any other team outside the All Blacks and have heaped big praise on guy like Victor Matfield , Scott Burger and so on. Also As those who keep crapping on about Jouberts performance in WC Final - give me a break - the All Blacks were by far the best side at the world cup and thrashed France in the group stages. Joubert didn't blow his whistle for infringements on both sides not just the All Blacks. They deserved their victory and their unbeaten 16 straight wins since then proves beyond a doubt they are the best team in the world by some distance and deserve to be World Champions - PERIOD!

      cape.maori - 2012-10-10 08:40

      @Glen - it is called freedom of choice! Simple as that.

      nzbro.allblack - 2012-10-10 09:15

      glen there are kiwi bok supporters here, however they do favour the ab's when the boks play the ab's so perhaps not 100% boks supporters.I favour the ab's 1st , then wales then ireland.. I know a few who also support the stormers and the sharks.

      jean.wet.1 - 2012-10-10 10:00

      ..in your case you seem to choose the winner. Simple as that.

      nzbro.allblack - 2012-10-10 10:34

      jean.wet.1 well its not my fault the all blacks was my national team since before I was born and I got to know them as I grew up as a toddler in dunedin as a 3rd generation kiwi. The winning part occurred more than the losing part of the all blacks history so again, that is not what makes me support them.My grand parents are from the UK (wales & ireland respectively) hence my support for both teams but as a kiwi the All Blacks comes first and always have for over 40 years

      hans.hausen - 2012-10-10 10:45

      I Bet Cape Maori is also a Man United/Chelsea/Man City fan....whoever happens to be winning at the time!! I wonder how many times that band wagon comes around for him to jump on?

      cape.maori - 2012-10-10 11:00

      @Hans - I don't watch soccer! Prefer AB rugby!

      ckrohne1 - 2012-10-10 11:04

      @cape.maori -: The problem is NOT that you exercise your freedom of choice, but rather Reason of that choice....You get that?

      ckrohne1 - 2012-10-10 11:23

      @gsaker1 -: The difference between your support of the Boks and SAFFA's supporting the all blacks is that as a priority the All Blacks is your first choice team and rightly so. The Boks in second which make perfect sense to me as your are a Nealander. That is the difference....

      jean.wet.1 - 2012-10-10 14:59

      @ nzbro.. I was referring to cape.maori. I also support the place where I grew up.

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-10-10 10:16

    what we have been saying all along, just because McCheat says it now when it suits him doesnt help that he kept quite all this time while useless officials sucked up to the IRB.

      nzbro.allblack - 2012-10-10 10:41

      err...who will buy the book if there is no story to tell?? ( & what better timing to launch a great story ) 100th Victories with the same team.! Do you know of any other player with the same history ? Its even been spoken about in africa! If you want to know what's in our skippers head, you have to pay for the privilege in NZ$ He is not only a great player but an astute businessman as well.

      richard.wilson.7583992 - 2012-10-14 11:12

      Interesting how so many SA fans say McCaw's the biggest cheat ever and he's had an open licence from refs to do whatever he wants for the past 10 years. I'm wondering how he managed this. Did he pay off every ref in every country who ever picked up a whistle? Did he issue death threats to them? How is it that in more than 100 years of international rugby only one man has supposedly had such a hold on the world's referees for an entire decade? Perhaps they all just thought he had a cute butt? And why is it that all these refs have had a vendetta against SA? Irish refs, NZ refs, Aussie refs ... they've all been out to cheat the Boks, especially when NZ have played them. Every game the Boks lose it's the same old refrain. Every time.

  • pierre.joubert.338 - 2012-10-10 18:52

    I often encounter these 'cape maoris' with their AB jerseys and flags. Appateit is long gone and we need to move on. As far as I am concerned, it is a case of 'bobbejaan klim die berg om die boere te vererg'. As someone said, show me a real maori that supports the Bokke. Hey, I am lily white and take great pleasure in watching someone like Habana or JP Pietersen. So everytime the AB's win these 'cape maoris' feel lekke oppie berg.

      johnson.burger.7 - 2012-10-10 20:34

      Maybe they don't like wearing and ugly green and orange jersey/

      richard.wilson.7583992 - 2012-10-14 11:03

      A friend of mine is a Maori in Napier and he just loves the Boks. He always wants them to beat the ABs. He gets a bit of stick when everyone's watching the game on TV together but he backs them to the very end.

  • fanie.viljoen.73 - 2012-10-11 07:56

    Says the man who got away with the most illegal play in any rugby player's career.

  • troy.kimpton.5 - 2012-10-16 19:28

    this is old news

  • eblom1 - 2012-10-17 08:53

    @cape maori.the fact that u call me baas explains the feeling in your heart and why u are an All Black supporter.I got no prob. with anyone from any race and colour being an All Black supporter.but it must be for the right reasons.@nzbro.all black.do me a favour and read up on SA politics before u judge me.Only someone born in SA will know what I am talking about.I know that there are true AB supporters in SA.Even true AB supporters that are living here in NZ which are South Africans.In fact I got 3 SA friends myself who support the AB.But they support them for there style of rugby and there never die attitude.Not because of what happend in the old South Africa.U ask anyone from any colour or race in SA why there are so many AB supporters in the Cape,U will get the same answer.The true answer.Better still watch Invictus to get your answer.I have followed Cape Maoris comments for a long time on different sports here.And baas Ernest sums it all up for me.All South Africans knows his type whether u agree with him or not.Wont even waste my time talking about this Cape maori anymore.

  • eblom1 - 2012-10-17 08:55

    @cape maori.the fact that u call me baas explains the feeling in your heart and why u are an All Black supporter.I got no prob. with anyone from any race and colour being an All Black supporter.but it must be for the right reasons.@nzbro.all black.do me a favour and read up on SA politics before u judge me.Only someone born in SA will know what I am talking about.I know that there are true AB supporters in SA.Even true AB supporters that are living here in NZ which are South Africans.In fact I got 3 SA friends myself who support the AB.But they support them for there style of rugby and there never die attitude.Not because of what happend in the old South Africa.U ask anyone from any colour or race in SA why there are so many AB supporters in the Cape,U will get the same answer.The true answer.Better still watch Invictus to get your answer.I have followed Cape Maoris comments for a long time on different sports here.And baas Ernest sums it all up for me.All South Africans knows his type whether u agree with him or not.Wont even waste my time talking about this Cape maori anymore.

  • Dean Henderson - 2013-09-18 16:17

    While I respect McCaw for even mentioning Bryce Lawrence, I find the story that he "just froze" completely laughable. Lest we forget, Bryce is the son of Keith Lawrence, the author of the infamous "Let's get those Japies" email. Did Bryce also "freeze" in the Crusaders/Sharks playoff in 2011, where he penalises the Beast....for.....NOTHING. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=4302 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KPP0k1GQVM

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