Bryce 'was final straw'

2012-02-02 20:03

Johannesburg - The Lions’ squad members will play against each other on Friday to gain match fitness and get to grips with the laws that referees will be focusing on during the competition.

And assistant Johan Ackermann said the breakdowns would be strictly umpired following Kiwi referee Bryce Lawrence’s controversial handling of the breakdowns in the Springboks’ defeat to Australia in last year’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final.

"That was apparently the final straw and referees were told to improve the umpiring of the breakdowns," Ackermann said.

Assistant referees at Super Rugby level would also be called upon to monitor the offside lines at the ruck and maul and infringements close to the touchline.

The coach said the offside line would receive greater attention from referees during this Super Rugby competition.

This year could be a deciding one for the future of the scrums as teams have been warned to straighten up this area of the game.

It is understood that referees have been told to reduce the amounts of restarts by 20% or radical changes could be introduced which would change this facet of the game.


  • Jason - 2012-02-02 20:29

    Bit frakking late for that now.

      Jason - 2012-02-03 05:12

      hahahah what a donut

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-03 05:13

      hahahah what a donut

      Jens - 2012-02-03 06:32

      Frakking A - dude

  • Francois - 2012-02-02 20:31

    But Bryce got almost full marks for his handling of the test, or maybe he was paid?

      Pieter - 2012-02-02 20:57

      Not a maybe - for sure - why else did he receive Ref of the year - doing great service to NZ

      Ricky - 2012-02-02 23:37

      DYou didn't get very far after that did you Dave ?

      adrien.mcguire - 2012-02-03 00:59

      @dave I hate to be a sore loser, but you Kiwis have played by different rules to everybody else for years. Your influence in the IRB has ensured that. Citings and disciplinaries are much less stringent for NZ. Paddy O'Brien and Keith Lawrence have ensured that in the refereeing area. I agree that you have a damn fine rugby team, but the difference between the top 5 has mostly been the difference in the handling of the teams by officials. Sa was robbed of a semi final place by a NZ ref, even a blind man would agree with that. And the performance of the ABs in the final was nothing to write home about. When your 'stars' are contained correctly within the rules, they will be pretty ordinary. Anyway, the records show that SA has a better record than NZ in the RWC on a win to appearance ratio. So enjoy your ill gotten reign as world champions, you can gloat for a change instead of choking , as you have a record of doing.

      Chrono - 2012-02-03 10:21

      Yes Dave, what any video of any NZ game and you will see how your players transgress under the eyes of the refs at the breakdowns and nothing is ever done about it. The NZ team that played in the WC final choked to the n-th degree and were very lucky to play a weak French team.

      Hugh - 2012-02-03 12:07

      @Dave, sorry but we never played you, so bug out. We listened to you're AB whinging for 24 years and now you've eventually won a WC, you think your soap box is important. Catch a heads up, the best teams actually have WC wins under the belt, quite a few in fact. Oh and please dont count your first one, because your mighty AB Cavaliers came to SA and got their asses kicked. Now go back to your corner and leave us to whinge about a game between Aussie and us and enjoy your moment in the sun.

      CapeChappy - 2012-02-03 14:41

      @ Dave: Nope, you guys have been whingeing about "Suzie" for 17 years, so we've still got some time left.

  • gilla23 - 2012-02-02 21:05

    bryce is such a twat! Mayb we shud do an egypt on him wen he referees or dares to, in SA.. Sad for the egyptianz tho, wudnt be 4 that wanker

  • gary.youell - 2012-02-02 21:19

    Bryce must come referee the Super 15 here in SA.... papa vag vir jou....

  • Anneleen - 2012-02-02 21:42

    The "infringement close to the touchline" has a name...Bryce.

  • Lonne - 2012-02-02 21:54

    Isn't this the same guy that was suspended for drug use in his playing days??

  • Burtfred - 2012-02-02 21:57

    Bryce got "ref of the year" in NZ. His dad was the head of the selection comittee. I bet his mom also cheats.

      Johnny - 2012-02-03 10:12

      Good one !!! (LOL)

  • Kevin - 2012-02-02 23:19

    The horse has bolted, South Africa were robbed, Pocock took advantage (good on him and Aus) Bryce is a "doppie", water under the bridge.

  • ckrohne1 - 2012-02-02 23:48

    @DAVE- Remember when you lost against the French? NZ'landers went on and on and on and on and on and on and onnnnnnnnnnnnnn about one forward pass that end up in a try that apparently cost you the game. Fact is, the Boks have been victimized by yours truly bryce lawless for 80 minutes....!

      hannesenbrianda - 2012-02-03 05:43

      Pieter, bad taste... Please delete your comment.

      Johnny - 2012-02-03 10:14

      unnecessary comment !

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-02-03 07:45

    ek hoor die refs het 'n kodewoord om die afbreekpunte te beskryf: Bryce(Po)cock-up----die Po is opsioneel

  • Clive - 2012-02-03 08:37

    Why don't we drop the Bryce issue now and move on? He cocked up and has as good as admitted it by saying he made "a few mistakes" - which is about as far as any ref will ever go. (Remember Steve Walsh after the 2007 Super 14 final?) There are no doubt many New Zealanders who had the grace to be embarrassed by his being named the NZ ref of the year, and we Seffricans have every right to be suspicious of this, especially as he has reportedly been undergoing "rehabilitation" since the RWC. If he is the best ref in NZ, then the rest must be worse than awful. Bring on the new season, and let's hope the refs of all three countries will play their part competently and fairly.

      Stephan - 2012-02-03 09:03

      Just as the kiwis let go of ' a ' forward pass that supposedly cost them the match? It went on for 4 year with 1 mistake.....bryce made 29 ( deliberate ) mistakes so we still have pretty much still to let go!!!

      Gerhard - 2012-02-03 10:36

      We will let it go as soon as Bryce Lawless admits that he deliberately cheated as instructed by the New Zealand Rugby Unoin!!!

  • Johan - 2012-02-03 10:09

    Match fixing charges when he enters SA.

  • bplupiya - 2012-02-03 10:48

    if i hear that name again! lord have mercy....

  • Brendon - 2012-02-03 11:26

    Dave, I have come to terms with what Bryce did to the Boks in the RWC 2011, (well not really, but my psychiatrist says I should start by just saying that), but without being rude, derogatory, or disrespectful to you, or the All Blacks, could I ask you to please do this. Go to Google and search this: "Green and Gold Rugby Video Analysis All Blacks at the breakdown" - you will be redirected to a video link. Watch the video - (in fact, every passionate rugby supporter should), and then, Dave, come back to the forum and offer us your open, honest opinion: Thanks mate!

      Brendon - 2012-02-03 14:28

      Hi Dave, still waiting for you to come back and comment, mate? I'm a patient man, and appreciate the time and effort you wqill hopefully invest into this exercise.

      ckrohne1 - 2012-02-04 19:35

      Lol, @Brendon; You just made my day with this, "Dave, I have come to terms with what Bryce did to the Boks in the RWC 2011, (well not really, but my psychiatrist says I should start by just saying that)" ....looooool

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