NZ scribe slams 'erratic' Peyper

2014-08-20 13:43
Jaco Peyper (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - A popular Kiwi scribe has criticised South African referee Jaco Peyper for his performance during last weekend's 12-all Rugby Championship draw between Australia and New Zealand in Sydney.

New Zealand Herald newspaper columnist Gregor Paul expressed his concern at the standard of international refereeing in general, and singled out Peyper for making "erratic" decisions.

In his column, Paul wrote:

"Another big game, another poor refereeing performance - world rugby is not far from crisis in regard to the state of officialdom.

"Jaco Peyper's confusing and erratic decisions in the opening Bledisloe Cup clash have meant confidence isn't high that the Rugby Championship will fulfil its potential as a provider of drama and spectacle.

"Rugby's recent history has been dominated by games where the role played by the referee was viewed as the decisive factor. Games where both teams felt the referee's actions altered the nature and outcome of the contest.

"Peyper's name is just one more to add to the list. The South African was inconsistent and - as hinted by the All Blacks - just plain wrong at times in the 12-all draw in Sydney.

"The players were denied the opportunity to play the game they wanted and instead of rugby, it became Cluedo - crimes being committed with no one sure whether it was Colonel Mustard with the candlestick in the library or Mrs Peacock with some rope in the conservatory."

Paul warned that the inconsistencies of refereeing performances of late could alienate fans from the game.

The All Blacks and Wallabies again meet this week when they duel in Auckland on Saturday (kick-off 09:35 SA time).

Frenchman Romain Poite will be the referee for the clash, with Peyper one of his assistants, alongside fellow South African Stuart Berry. Another South African, Shaun Veldsman, will be the television match official.

CLICK HERE to read Paul's full column on the New Zealand Herald website.

Read News24’s Comments Policy 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
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk
Most Read


20 August 2016
  • South Africa v Argentina, Nelspruit 17:00
27 August 2016
  • Argentina v South Africa, TBA 00:00
10 September 2016
  • Australia v South Africa, Brisbane 00:00


Rank Team P W Pts


08 August 2015
26 July 2015
25 July 2015
18 July 2015
17 July 2015

Opinion Poll

When all is said and done in the 2015/16 Absa Premiership season, who will be crowned champions of South Africa?

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