Rugby Championship

Barnes: Refs favour All Blacks

2013-09-17 10:04
Stuart Barnes (File)
Cape Town - Former England flyhalf Stuart Barnes says the All Blacks always seem to get the rub of the green when it comes to refereeing decisions.

Barnes, in his regular column on the Sky Sports website, said he was disappointed after watching the Springboks-All Blacks Test in Auckland last weekend.

"Unfortunately déjà vu struck and for all the excellence of so much of New Zealand's game, it will be remembered - certainly in South Africa - for yet another refereeing display where the key decisions again broke the way of the All Blacks," Barnes wrote.

"Australia were on the wrong end of some atrocious refereeing a few weeks ago in Wellington and the Springboks found their more realistic hopes of a first win in Auckland since 1937, undone by Romain Poite.

"The Frenchman is one of my favourite referees, but like the majority of his colleagues who blow down south, somehow the whistle always goes New Zealand's way.

"Maybe it is time for All Blacks fans and coaches to forget about 2007 and Wayne Barnes; time to accept that the wheel has turned full circle in their favour."

Bok hooker Bismarck du Plessis was controversially sent off in Auckland when he received two yellow cards.

Much to the ire of the Springboks' fans, Frenchman Poite showed the hooker a yellow card in the 16th minute of the Test for a perfectly legal tackle on All Black flyhalf Dan Carter.

Poite then showed Du Plessis a second yellow - and a subsequent red card - for leading with an elbow which connected with the throat of All Black flank Liam Messam.

"Every small decision seems to be interpreted New Zealand's way," Barnes continued.

"Even when the All Blacks suffered two indisputable yellow cards in the last 10 minutes when the game was won the referee took their side. Ma'a Nonu went for a late charge (on Bok skipper Jean de Villiers), but Conrad Smith escaped a cynical hand in the ruck metres from the line.

"It was pure yellow and De Villiers quizzed the French referee as to whether Smith too should be sin-binned. Poite disregarded him when the New Zealanders should have been down to 12 men for the misdemeanours. But that was a correct decision too far for the Frenchman.

"It is difficult to beat New Zealand anywhere and anytime, let alone in New Zealand, but when the referees are subconsciously leaning their way, it becomes all but impossible."

CLICK HERE to view Stuart Barnes' full column on Sky Sports.

Read more on:    rugby
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
143 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Is Allister Coetzee the right man to coach the Springboks?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.