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Joubert should 'never ref again'

2015-10-19 09:39
Craig Joubert

Cape Town - It hasn't an been easy few hours for Craig Joubert. 

The South African referee continues to feel the wrath of an irate Scottish rugby community following Sunday's Rugby World Cup quarter-final.

Joubert played a major role in Scotland's elimination from the tournament, awarding the Wallabies a penalty in the final minute for accidental offside and also sin-binning Scottish wing Sean Maitland for an intentional knock down.

Both decisions appeared harsh in hindsight and former Scotland wing Kenny Logan is the latest to join the chorus of irate Scottish rugby lovers calling for Joubert's head. 

"I hate doing this actually, but the referee had a shocker. The referee shouldn’t have bad games when you’ve got a TMO. The first one was a yellow card … never a yellow card. The second one was when Hogg kicked a ball from his 22 and then got taken out," Logan said in a video he posted on his Facebook page.

"The referee shouldn’t be in the limelight after a game like this because the performance of the Scotland team is different class. The referee at the end … it was never a penalty, it was a knock-on.

"At the end of the day he ran down the tunnel like a scared rabbit because he’s made a ridiculous decision and for me he’s ruined a perfect game of rugby because of his inept attitude towards the TMO.

"I’m absolutely devastated for the boys. Scotland, you’ve done us all proud. You’ve actually done rugby as a sport proud. I think that referee should not ref at this level again, because he’s not good enough. He’s proved it in many World Cups, and today is another one."

Joubert also received criticism for his handling of the 2011 World Cup final between France and New Zealand. 

Logan played 70 Test matches for Scotland between 1992 and 2003, scoring 220 points.


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