Brumbies want Walsh axed

2010-04-26 15:31

Canberra - The Brumbies have panned referee Steve Walsh's performance and called for his axing from Saturday's crucial Super 14 clash against the red-hot Reds.

According to the Rugby Heaven website, still upset about Walsh's controversial handling of the 19-12 loss to the Waratahs, Wallabies playmaker Matt Giteau felt it was pointless for the Brumbies to line up at Canberra Stadium if the Sydney-based New Zealander was officiating.

Brumbies coach Andy Friend on Monday remained hopeful Walsh would be dropped from the pivotal match by SANZAR referees convenor Lyndon Bray following the weekly review of officials on Tuesday

"We'll wait and see whether he's the referee," Friend said in Canberra.

"They have a review on Tuesday and they have got a promotion and relegation system and hopefully you would like to see that in place and working.

"That's up to the selectors to give their view and we can only deal with what we see and I thought the first 30 minutes it wasn't a very even contest."

It's understood the Brumbies outfit completed a scathing report of the refereeing at ANZ Stadium last Saturday night where they were unhappy with numerous areas, especially a disallowed try to Adam Ashley-Cooper and countless scrum resets and penalties.

Brumbies skipper Stephen Hoiles and Walsh had some heated verbal exchanges during the match.

Giteau was frank when asked whether he was hoping Walsh would be relegated.

"I think everyone is," the frustrated flyhalf said. "Mate I don't know if we will turn up - what's the point?"

Giteau also failed to suppress his opinion about the dubious "double-movement" ruling against Ashley-Cooper in the first half.

"Like anyone that knows rugby, that was a try," he said.

New Zealand-based Bray was not contactable on Monday but both the Brumbies, who are seven points outside the top four, and Reds will have their eyes on refereeing appointment confirmations on Tuesday.

Rugby Heaven

  • bok4life - 2010-04-26 15:46

    Ya, You stupid Aussies!! Not so funny when the Wheel turns is it!! Now all of a sudden that decisions are going against your stupid teams, the ref is a bad ref and must be demoted/axed, but when its the SA teams the ref is fine!! Hahahahaha, Suck it you stupid aussies!!

  • Molefe - 2010-04-26 15:57

    Shhheeeezzz. Look, I don't think that there is one rugby lover who thinks that Walsh is a good ref.... But to threaten to not show up? Is that not showing desent? Bringing the game into disrepute?

  • JC - 2010-04-26 16:23

    Glad to see it is not only SA teams who have suffered under this twit. But could you imagine the outcry if a SA team was so vocal in their criticism? Would be fines all round again ..

  • S14 Champs - 2010-04-26 16:23

    The ozzies have only just realised what we have known for years never mind their stuart dick&son, paul marks, etc

  • dean - 2010-04-26 16:26

    @molefe.. I am pretty sure its figurative..not physical... meaning to not show up means playing with a who cares attitude and not cared of the result and game... If they dont show up physically the brumbies will face sanctions and possibly be dropped from super 14 all together.. they know this... kind of the boks in the final lions test.. we won the series so we never showed up fro the final game...

  • SImon - 2010-04-26 16:27

    This is seriously amusing. SA sides have continously been prejudiced by wossops like walsh and been told to suck it up. Now a few minor bad decisions go against the Bumbies and they're squealing like babies. Suck it up girls.Although I must agree that rugby's current rules and its refrees are a joke that can't be taken seriously.

  • JJ - 2010-04-26 16:29

    I think the Bulls do not want to see Graig Joubert, ever!

  • Brendan - 2010-04-26 16:31

    precisely what's needed, tell these high and mighty re(tards)ferees excactly what's needed.

  • Hypocrites - 2010-04-26 16:41

    Its pretty awesome how the shoe is now on the other foot, with "bad decisions" being dealt to someone other than the 'complaining' South Africans. I recall the outrage when the SA team was severely chastised for the 'justice 4' arm bands regarding the Bakkies Botha case. What Giteau has said is equal and if not worse than that. Their protests should not have been made in the public forum but rather through the correct channels. In my opinion it was a double movement, Ashley-Cooper was crawling to the line when he touched down and Walsh was correct in not awarding the try. Then again I didn't watch the whole game, but the previous week when he was in charge of the Stormers game Walsh was pretty decent. All-in-all the Brumbies should harden up and accept the decision. Australia's darling Matt Giteau should be banned for a game or two and all will be well with the world!

  • Bazz - 2010-04-26 16:45

    @dean. Not sure if you're right bud - he says "line" up - that to me means start the game? Walsh is a wally and the poses he puts on when speaking to a player is halarious!! Guaranteed if Gitaue was an SA player there would national debates on Oz TV about the "whingeing Japies" remember that?

  • paul - 2010-04-26 16:45

    The mere sight of Craig-I did not see it -Joubert makes me sick. The Bulls will not win anything with him as ref!!!!

  • Gavin - 2010-04-26 17:01

    I say bring back Willie "the legend" Roos for the bulls games.haha

  • Deonic - 2010-04-26 17:01

    I have highlighted this first-half bias of Australian refs for years now. It's simple; break the "opposition" (normally an SA team) with 5 bad decisions in the first half. The psychological effect together with the points not scored and points "conceded" is generally too much to recover from. (Take the Stormers match in Perth as an example - Schalk and the whole team lost the plot eventually) I see Steve is fitting in very well in Aussie. My forecast is that some team is going to leave the field in the near future and it will be with the support of their management, It will be disastrous for that team, as well as the sport. But there is a point where the players will have to do something about these unfair refs if SANZAR or the IRB can't get it sorted. There will be more Piet van Zyl and Willie Roos incidents. Showing dissent and bringing the game in disrepute is still a lot better than a ref being donnerd. I think the nett result of the current system is that Aussie refs are more exposed, and the pressure will eventually become too much. Aussie will have to come up with new unbiased refs eventually, for the sake of the sport. The current system needs little amendment to leave us with a situation where no Aussie refs will see S14/15 action. I wonder what will happen to Aussie refs in Agrentina?

  • daniel - 2010-04-26 17:07

    It is good to have a excuse up your sleeve, especially if one considers that the Brumbies don't really stand a chance against the inform Reds

  • Emile - 2010-04-26 17:12

    Funny how these Aussie players are allowed to speak freely and express their frustrations without any acation being taken against them. I don't want to stir the pot, but can you imagine a SA player going on like that about a Ref. He would be suspended the same day. Remembered what happened to Dick Muir last year when he voiced some concerns in public. I think it is quite shocking the way the Aussie players are going on and allowed to bad mouth the ref. What is SANZAR going to do about this - Let's wait and see, but I can bet you nothing is going to happen to Gitau and friends.Just proof again about who's calling the shots in SANZAR competitions. Forget about the schocking refs, most of our teams endured the exact same - especially from some of our own refs. But, that is life I guess.

  • Mdeva - 2010-04-26 17:30

    I have always wondered how he's gotten away with it for so many years...Walsh is arrogance personified..Dont you hate it when he syas to players (captain even).."hey, hey,hey" if he's tallikng to a school kid..

  • Molefe - 2010-04-26 17:37

    @Dean. I was being facetious. I was making a sarcastic reference to the whole "Justice for Bakkies" episode, and the comments that came out of that, directed at the South Africans. Watch, nothing will happen to the Brumbies or Matt the Gitt about this. It is only South Africans who get censured. The Assies still believe that they own SANZAR and the IRB. Let me just say this again. I think Walsh is an idiot! But what is good for the SA players must surely be good for the Assies as well?

  • The Godfather - 2010-04-26 17:59

    This is so typical from the Aussies. They never know when to shut up. A few weeks ago when Walsh reffed the Bulls/Hurricanes game, he blew the Bulls to bits, but at least they took it like men. He even looked babelas on the field arriving at the rucks late and making calls from the other side of the field. Aussies harden the f#%& up. This is rugby not Aussie Rules.

  • skywalker - 2010-04-26 18:08

    Steve Walsh is by far the most cinsistant/unbiased ref in the comp so far... Suck it up Brumbies....give me SW for the Stormers anyday...!!!

  • Carl Muller - 2010-04-26 18:33

    I emailed Andre Watson for the record of Craig Joubert and the Bulls. He never answered me, I wonder why!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Until May 2080 Steve Welsh was not a nice ref, but since then I prefer him above Craig Joubert any day any time!!!

  • Robin Hood - 2010-04-26 18:40

    Waratahs also had the ref on their side against the Western Force. How the Force didn't win that game only the ref knows.

  • Robin Hood - 2010-04-26 18:41

    Giteau should be suspended for dissent - no question about it

  • Walsh Fan - 2010-04-26 18:42

    Stop bashing on Walsh, he hasn't reffed top rugby for a while, give the man some time to get back into the swing of things. And boys don't forget jealousy makes you nasty.

  • Molefe - 2010-04-26 19:44

    @Walsh Fan. Ok, Jealousy is an emotion and typically refers to the negative thoughts and feelings of insecurity, fear, and anxiety over an anticipated loss of something that the person values, such as a relationship, friendship, or love. What does Mr. Walsh have for me to feel jealouse about? I am sorry Sir, but you post just does not make any sense.

  • 10 YARD LINE - 2010-04-27 10:30

    Walsh is a prima donna full stop, needs help, hence the drink problem and behaviour on saturday he was personal and emotional throughout and out of control.... Giteau is spot on...

  • machine - 2010-04-27 10:42

    Normal Aussie wingers, poor sports, if things dont go their way they throw their toys out of the cot, and their biased comentators fuel this mass hysteria. If SA players carried on like this, disiplinary action would be taken against them. Since his move from the force Giteau has not been the "force" he was last year.

  • kevan - 2010-04-27 13:13

    Ask the sharks players about Mr Walsh, he gave the blue bulls there first super 14 trophy. He stuffed up in the first 10 seconds of that game and carried on through out the match even giving them a try at the end for good measure, which should never have being a try. I think all the teams have experienced his incompetence.

  • kanoka - 2010-05-03 00:50

    I think Steve Walsh does have some good games but his arrogance gets the best of him. He needs a 9 month holiday from the game in South Africa's Hillbrow as a prize for being a pillock.

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