Lawrence 'scared' of Bok fans

2011-11-16 07:36

Wellington - New Zealand rugby referee Bryce Lawrence on Wednesday said he won't officiate in South Africa if he fears for his safety after his performance at last month's Rugby World Cup quarter-final between the Springboks and Australia.

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Lawrence's control of the October 9 quarter-final, won 11-9 by Australia to end South Africa' reign as world champion, was strongly criticised by Springboks players, coaching staff and fans.

Retiring Springboks captain John Smit said "the one positive (of retirement) is that I won't ever have to be reffed by him again" and a South African fan began a Facebook campaign entitled "Petition To Stop Bryce Lawrence Ever Reffing A Rugby Game Again."

"I'm not totally concerned," Lawrence told Radio Sport. "I know a lot of other people like the New Zealand Rugby Union and SANZAR do have some serious concerns.

"In all honesty I'm not going to go over there if there's any personal threat or I have concerns about my safety because in the end it's a job, I know that, and also it's just a sport so I'm not going to put myself at risk."

Lawrence said he had thought about his performance in the quarter-final every day since the match and accepts he made errors.

"My quarter-final performance created a lot of negative reaction in South Africa, pretty hostile, very personal, very harsh," he said. "Also, on the flipside of that, I got a lot of really strong positive support from rugby people in New Zealand and around the world who probably know me a little bit more than the people in South Africa and were feeling for me during that time.

"... I was disappointed with some aspects in my own performance that day after refereeing four really pretty strong games in pool play. I'm not blaming anyone for the quarterfinal refereeing display apart from myself. I didn't referee as well as I could."

Lawrence said he recognised he would be punished for his performance.

"Look there has been some pretty clear consequences from my quarter-final display," he said. "I'm not going to be refereeing Six Nations next year.

"They can say that means I'm rested but in reality I accept that one of the consequences of my performance is that I'm not going to be doing Six Nations."


  • Rene - 2011-11-16 07:46

    Spoil sport!!!

      Michael - 2011-11-16 08:23

      there is no way he'll ever come to SA again, not even for a Super Rugby game. I'm sure some die-hard Bok fans will be waiting at the airport to jeer him!!!

      Fred - 2011-11-16 08:44

      I think what happened when Bryce Lawrence watched the video, is that he not only saw how biased his reffing was, but also that it was done so badly that it couldn't even be blamed on bad reffing. I don't blame him for being scared to come here, and the only thing I can't understand is that he is still a ref. he should be fired, despite his dad's influence.

      Go - 2011-11-16 08:45

      Cry us a river you chop. you should not be reffing anywhere in the world. Go look for sympathy somewhere else.

      Jason - 2011-11-16 09:00

      Learn to ref properly then you won't have this problem twat!!!

      Helen - 2011-11-16 09:03

      No wonder you are so loved in New Zealand,if you did your JOB fairly the outcome would have been different,they know it you know it we know it.You are a disgrace as a REFEREE.I hope that the powers that be will decline your services at proffesional level let you only referee school level rugby.As for your reluctance to officiate at any top notch matches in South Africa am quite sure many are waiting for you,but not for the reason you think palooka.They only want to have a pie throwing contest.

      Vusi - 2011-11-16 09:10

      He better not come here Rene. I am gunning for him with my Zulu spear!!!!!

      Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2011-11-16 10:59

      keep em rolling, I wanna see that nerve struck hard.

      Anthony - 2011-11-16 11:09

      give that man a sheep

      Jono - 2011-11-16 11:21

      @ Vanilla sky - if you are here to look for dislikes go to a Malema page and say you love him. And I really believe you are missing the bigger picture...his poor deliberate performance cost us as a nation a chance to win the world cup! End of the story...just be glad he isn’t suspended for 2 years (assuming he is your favorite referee)

      Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2011-11-16 11:22


      Grant - 2011-11-16 11:50

      @Vanilla Sky - the reason we dont accept his "apology", is because he didn't make mistakes! Mistakes are unintentional acts, and are therefore forgivable. Deliberate acts of sabotage, however, are a completely different story. There is simply no way in hell that Lawrence didnt see/didnt understand/misinterpreted laws to the extent that he did BY ACCIDENT. As for being disgusted by our responses... Is this the first world cup that we have lost? Is it the first game we've lost due to some bad calls? There's always some form of response by the supporters, but has it ever even COMPARED to this one? This strong a backlash from a game that was only a quarter final means something is up. Maybe if some real action was taken, the Bok supportrs could rest. ...and by the way, if he cant ref the 6 nations (which has nothing to do with SA), it says a thing or two about what the rest of the world thinks too!

      Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2011-11-16 12:01

      oh my... ha ha ha

      Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2011-11-16 12:03

      Still don't care... doesn't justify it.

      Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2011-11-16 12:18

      It would be silly to claim that you personally know his intentions because you don't. And anyone who planned to match fix or intend mistakes would refrain from admitting any faults, because that's simply the nature of a corrupted character. Besides, the man said he thinks about it every day, he says he blames no-one else but himself, he says he was disappointed in himself and that the guy is scared to go to SA, he said he recognised he would be punished and that he accepts the consequences... Geezlike, what more do you want? Do you really want the guys life to be destroyed? I don't think he should feel sorry for himself and I don't think the fans should want the world to feel sorry for them either.

      Grant - 2011-11-16 12:31

      @Vanilla Sky - I am an accountant. If I forget to pay a supplier on time, I will get moaned at. If I accidentally create a fictitious invoice in my wifes name, and then proceed to pay the R1M fee into her bank account, no amount of apologising or admissions of fault are going to keep me out of jail, let alone save my job. You get mistakes, and then you get gross misconduct. In any other job, there would be an immediate dismissal. Why should Bryce be any different? Also, only a retard is completely incapable of determining somebody's intent by judging their actions, when said actions are so blatant. You, on the other hand, claim that this is impossible (whilst in your very next point go on to claim that you know the intentions of ALL match-fixers... because you know so much about their characters??) Ha ha ha! Dude, sorry, but you are a joke.

      Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2011-11-16 13:03

      I think you need to write something more comprehensible... or maybe read more properly. Where did I say I know the intentions of all refs?

      Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2011-11-16 13:07

      You can be miserable for as long as you like but I'm definitly not gonna wallo in misery over this. Just not worth it.

      Jono - 2011-11-16 13:10

      @ Vanilla - Its amazing how far you go when you don’t care...but anyway...the point stands that not every sorry or I feel bad after you did something wrong is acceptable. I am sure you have used this saying before...sorry is to late now or sorry doesn’t make it the end of the day, he should get punished for what he did and to be honest we don’t care how he feels, he didn’t care about how we felt when he was busy but F#u(king a nation for 80min. I lost my job because I said I am a bit rusty with Pastel...the oak is getting paid a lot of money and guess what...he isn’t doing his job correctly. does that not meen he must either get a stern warning or re visit training school or get suspended???

      Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2011-11-16 13:44

      Jono, by no means should a person get off if they are incompetent. They need to either learn and change or leave and do something else. What I am saying is that South Africa can deal with what happened much better than how they are at the moment. And it is wrong that a person, no matter how poorly they performed feels unsafe or in danger from fans, that is even poorer than any incompetence. It’s outright immoral. If you read correctly you'll see that I said I do care about how South Africa responds. That is a good thing. I don't really care about what Bryce did, that is also a good thing because it doesn't bother me really. Why should it if you know the truth. The point is, that the way South Africa responds makes THEM look bad, not the ref. On a global level, from the outsider's point of view it looks like the fans have an inferior complex, as if there is excuse for their loss. But if a nation wants a good rep or any support internationally it’s not just about how you win but also about how you lose. Not everyone loves the winner, and almost everyone loves the loser if they were supposed to win. If South Africa carries on like this they’ll lose more support globaly at the next cup and be seen as the sour bunch, sore losers, or the Bryce cry babies etc. I don't want them to be seen that way. Do you understand Jono? Unless you want me to really not give a rip and join the rest of the world who doesn't give a crap about how South Africa feel about their issues with Bryce.

      Jono - 2011-11-16 14:17

      I hear what you have to say and I understand your point...being the better person, right??? Sometimes you have to voice your opinion and not care what anyone else thinks about you. If you always care about what people think and say about you, you won’t be you, you will be what other people want you to be. Lets be honest...the world has allot more to worry about than what RSA thinks about BL. And I guarantee you that in 10 years time RSA people would still be talking about this, what this guy did unfortunately made history!!!

      Clayton - 2011-11-16 14:39

      @Vanillasky your a prick

      Pieter - 2011-11-16 15:01

      Vanilla Sky, you're stupid man! Of course BL is now contrite! He has done his job and played his part in giving the cup to New Zealand; and he wants to ref again on all levels everywhere the world over. The only way he can hope to attain that is by playing at being contrite! Besides, he might have to do New Zealand rugby another favour somewhere in the future and if he is banned from refereering he will not be able to get some more accolades from his fellow country-men. He is not really contrite: (1) he is fast to point out that he performed well in the four pool games - 'look how good I am; I can referee well!'; (2) he tries to give out that it is only SA supporters that is disssatisfied with his performance - 'I got a lot of real strong positive support … world wide …' . Who the hell gave him strong positive suppport except his fellow New Zealanders? Even you do not give him positive support; you only say he should be forgiven which means even you say he is guilty as hell. He does not ANYWHERE ask that SA supporters should forgive him because he has done them wrong; no, WE are in the wrong and poor Bryce Lawrence is suffering as a result! (3) He implies that WE are in the wrong by not letting it go. In fact, he is trying to give out that he only made a little mistake wich is dwarfed by his other 4 good games. I can go on, but if you're stupid, you're stupid. So think whatever you want to think but this I promise you: He will be made to pay for his blatant dishonesty!

      Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2011-11-16 16:02

      Jono, correct and to let Bryce effect a nation so bad like this, is to let Bryce get the better of them. Also, it wouldn't be worrying about what other people think, it's about leaving a good impression that's good for the country. Unless that it really is the nature of South Africans that have the ability to act like complete poepholes and give stuff all about it. ha ha Peter, no stupidity is failing to see the point. I agree with the truth of the matter, I'm not disagreeing on what Bryce did wrong. You don't seem to get that, you keep talking about the wrong things he did, but I agree with that. What I disagree with is how the Fans have reacted. I knew people would be upset and unhappy about it, but am pretty shocked at how nasty the fans really are. I thought it was just a few, but it seems like the it's the culture. I don't really want to be part of that anymore, it's just not fun man, not cool. How anyone can enjoy the Rugby games with so much bitterness and sour hatred. Forgiveness, ja, the last time I checked, it was a good thing.

      Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2011-11-16 16:23

      You guys shoud listen to some Ed Sheeran and you'll be fine in no time, then chill out man. lol

      Tom - 2011-11-16 17:06

      Advice: get an armed guard from Airport to Hotel to Game to Hotel to Airport. You are not welcome in our country!

      Sean - 2011-11-16 22:25

      Although I wouldn`t mind giving Lawrence few ``warm klappe`` , it`s actually a pleasure reading a article on news 24 where all/most South Africans of all races stand together and agree on something for a change , just shows you what sport can do to a nation ! Politics should stay out of sport !

      Pieter - 2011-11-16 23:30

      Vanilla Sky, you are for forgiveness; I am for justice! Justice did not prevail. A person who is contrite should show it through his actions. This guy has not done so; all he has done is to try and exonerate himself. Actually, he has gone much farther and put the blame on SA supporters; saying they are the ones in the wrong. I will quote you what a appeal judge said in a murder case: 'The accused has shown now remorse. He has seen the prison gates open up in front of him and he is trying very hard to close them by pretending remorse. This will not do …' I am prepared to forgive ONLY if this man shows real remorse and confess that his actions have brought about injury to South African rugby. AND then he must tell me what he intends to do about putting things right. My suggestion would be that he resigns as referee.

      Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2011-11-17 05:40

      My friend, you will be a miserable man for a very long time because I don’t think he will be speaking to you anytime soon. No, I'm for both, I’m always for justice but violence is no way to deliver justice. Also, having justice does not mean you should not forgive; you should forgive a person and also bring justice. I don't know why you think justice is the same thing as unforgiveness. Justice is not the same as hatred or somehow the opposite to forgiveness. It's not. But anyway, I don't think South Africa understands this, it's their nature to deal with things using violence. I guess it's just the way the nation is expressing themselves. The worst of all, is that South Africa is proud of their threats.

      Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2011-11-17 05:45

      I hope it's just words and people venting themselves. Let's hope there will be no for real attacks or harm to this guy if he visits SA one day. I doubt he will, but if he does I hope this is just all talk. Cause if he does get hurt, that would be a disaster for SA.

  • Chris - 2011-11-16 07:50

    We don't want to kill you fool, we just want to kill your career.

      Dhirshan - 2011-11-16 07:58

      nah, we wanna kill him . . . lol

      Robert - 2011-11-16 09:28

      @ Blue, I'd prefer 'a lot' !!!

      Anthony - 2011-11-16 11:00

      please come oh please come.......

  • Lionel - 2011-11-16 07:51

    Come on Brycie............Piet van Zyl is looking at coming out of retirement and he's looking for a opponent..... and you know are just perfect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Sean - 2011-11-16 22:19


  • Burtfred - 2011-11-16 07:52

    Mr Lawrence, you shouldn't be reffing anything in future, let alone 6 nations games. "I got a lot of really strong positive support from rugby people in New Zealand" - well of course you did, you helped them not lose the cup they all wanted so badly.

  • BlouMasjien - 2011-11-16 07:54

    "I got a lot of really strong positive support from rugby people in New Zealand " Natuurlik sal hulle jou ondersteun, jy het NZ die beker help wen!

  • David - 2011-11-16 07:54

    awe.... no worries Bryce you can always settle in Australia....... they must love you the way you cost us the WORLD CUP you P@#$K. oh well I guess this is as close as we come to an apology...pretty empty !

      David - 2011-11-16 11:40

      Not only that. He cost us a place on the world rankings!!

      Bruce - 2011-11-16 14:08

      No muppet you cost yourself the quarter final not the world cup ()the final was a long long way away) with 70% possession and not a brain amongst the lot of you how to score a try.Lets not talk about Roussows pulling a player out of the lineout to really cost you the game.If your whole tactic is based on sitting arounf waiting for the ref to hand you penalties then you do not deserve to get any further

  • Van - 2011-11-16 07:54

    Teer en veer hom. It is only a game!

  • RockChick - 2011-11-16 07:57

    Idiot... you have a "kom moer my" face irrespective of your bad refereeing...

  • Christiaan - 2011-11-16 07:58

    Wil sy gat vol ou skoene skop, bly waar jy is drol.

  • Dhirshan - 2011-11-16 07:59

    we were the only tem capable of downing nz in their own back yard and were robbed of the opportunity to test that theory. a nz/sa semi wouldv been epic and we wouldv probably edged them . . .

      Grant - 2011-11-16 12:42

      @James - if you knew anything about rugby (which you clearly do not), you would realise that World Cup rugby is a different game altogether. Shame...

      Other - 2011-11-16 13:41

      PS. James, the bokke sucked at tri nations because we chose to, we rested (through injury) our best players. You are clearly deluded, in a world cup, we are king slayers. We have won both of our world cups wiht New Zealand going in as favourites. Rather comment when you understand what you are talking about. We might still have lost against the all blacks in the semis, but at least we would have had the shot. We were robbed by bryce whichever way you choose to look at it.

      Bruce - 2011-11-16 14:53

      @other.King Slayer how short is your memory.Only the refs got you through in 1995 against France and in 20111 against Wales.Did not hear any reffing complaints then.Sour sour grapes.

      Wimpie - 2011-11-18 09:31

      @ Bruce...V_k _f uit sa !!!

  • Alan - 2011-11-16 08:00

    C'mon Brycie - If Prof Noakes is correct about match fixing ..... you should be able to hire a lot of bodyguards. Seems like the 16th All Black player has turned All Yellow.

  • Ian - 2011-11-16 08:01

    Be afraid.....Be very afraid

      Robert - 2011-11-16 09:28

      Yep !!!

  • Gungets - 2011-11-16 08:04

    Bryce, Bryce, Bryce - if you don't ref in South Africa again it is because you are too unfit and slow, and that you have no clue about critical facets of the game, such as the recesses of the front row. Be honest with yourself - you won't be selected. Even the influence of your dad and his mate Paddy O'Brien is not going to make yuo a decent ref - so admit your shortcomings, go back to teaching. It is the right thing to do.

      Johnnie - 2011-11-17 12:40

      Oh my goodness - did not know this wanker is a teacher. Pity the children in his classroom. Speak volumes about Kiwi schools.

  • gawie.nieuwoudt - 2011-11-16 08:09

    You should be scared ! You are pathetic ! Get another Job! Like a cabdriver! As for sympathy from NZ Fans, I do'nt think so, I was there, they all think you are pathetic! In SA Malema will win a popularity contest handsdown against you!

      khanyib1 - 2011-11-16 08:20

      lol...good one gawie!

  • Jose - 2011-11-16 08:14

    A coward on top of all you did . Admit not mistakes but on purpose . You obviously with others help made sure you would win the cup . I R B should resign for this .

  • Theprodigy - 2011-11-16 08:18

    we will boo him off the park...just like the NZers did to other teams during the WC, He won't come here, that I guarantee you.

  • david.j.payle - 2011-11-16 08:20

    No man Bryce!! I had a braai (ass whipping) & biltong (moerse klap) prepared for you and everything!! Come on son!!

  • Thulebona - 2011-11-16 08:21

    "it's just a sport" ... that's where you got it wrong...

      Michele - 2011-11-16 09:49

      Indeed - huge money and national pride at stake. Rugby is a business, not just a sport.

  • gaeleen - 2011-11-16 08:21

    well aimed tackle should take him out, substitute ref can take his place

  • George - 2011-11-16 08:21

    Shame Bryce, the Aussie cricket team were going to ask you to change sporting codes to officiate in the next test against the Proteas.

  • Brendan - 2011-11-16 08:27

    You should not even ref school rugby...

  • Eldon - 2011-11-16 08:29

    Brilliant. it just means less games he refs where SA teams are playing.

  • Joseph - 2011-11-16 08:30

    yeah,you better not, cos i regard u as no1 enermy of south african rugby,iam still traumatised by what u did to us.

      Robert - 2011-11-16 09:27

      Bryce must come. We'll be waiting for him. He'll have to stay locked in his hotel room for the duration of his stay cause he's going to get moered if we catch him on the streets!!!

      John - 2011-11-16 14:20

      That's the spirit Robert....that's why the population is leaving your crime-ridden country in droves!

  • Chrono - 2011-11-16 08:30

    Strong support in NZ my foot. I heard with my own ears the disbelief when he buggered up a Tri Nations game between SA and NZ this year. The man is a proven non-performer who is now tolerated in NZ only because he removed NZs main opposition in the WC. He should be sniped. The legs would do.

      Blip - 2011-11-16 22:36

      NZ refs don't blow in tests in which the ABs are playing -- as with ALL tests. IRB rules insist on neutral referees.

  • Chrono - 2011-11-16 08:32

    Good to see Lawrence realises he mucked up. He must have realised with horror how bad he was when he watched that video recording!

      Jan - 2011-11-16 08:38

      I think he was busy counting and thinking "Hmmm job well done!"

      Andre - 2011-11-16 08:46

      It was match fixing, check he's family bank accounts. They probably bet on Ireland to beat the Australians in the pool games and the Australians beating the boks in the quarterfinals

      Chrono - 2011-11-16 10:55

      @Andre, on the point of match fixing I totally agree. In fact I took a decision never to watch international rugby again until an investigation about match fixing is undertaken or until measures (like has been done in cricket) are in place to ensure fairness. There has been numerous cases in our provincial rugby where horrible decisions spoiled potentially good matches. The try awarded to Willem de Waal in the Currie Cup final is a recent example of an event that could have changed the course and outcome of a match. If one looks at things in rugby objectively you will realise that everything around players, coaching and training is extremely professional but on the management side (including refereeing) a lot needs to be done. Allowing Lawrence to officiate in the match SA vs Australia was against the rules of the IRB. Are amateurs in control of a professional game?

      Chrono - 2011-11-16 15:11

      I think SARU does not fullfil its mandate to the supporters of rugby. Rugby supporters are the reason for its existence. Without supporters there would not be rugby. We needed a statement informing supporters of Springbok rugby about the opinion of SARU of Lawrence's handling of the match, seeing that it was so obviously flawed. We needed to hear what SARU was doing about it.

  • dawiej - 2011-11-16 08:33

    Damn, does that mean i am not going to get the chance to throw some naartjies at him ?

  • Johan - 2011-11-16 08:34

    I think we should send a petition to SANZAR to have him never ref in SA again .

      John - 2011-11-16 08:48

      Johan, Bryce shouldn't have been feffing that game, especially seeing the fact that NZ was already thru to the final. I blame IRB. The ref should have been from any country that could not have been affected by that quarter final outcome. We should be petitioning the IRB for fixing the game. I watched the game here in Thailand where I'm retired and everyone in our pub here said the same, even before the kickoff. Had it not been for this prick we would have remained the world champs. On the day we would have taken NZ!

      Duncan - 2011-11-16 12:23

      No need to waste time Johan. He wont come. South Africa is a very dangerous place even for fair minded South Africans never mind an outright cheat!

      Gary - 2011-11-16 13:19

      As long as Paddy is at the helm it will be pointless. Paddy has a God complex and and need sto resign and we need to put Andre Watson back in there..

  • Daniel - 2011-11-16 08:37

    good riddance ... come on what was yr pay out for throwing the game .. must have been pretty handsome . You were the wrong choice to ref that game , The SA officials must also take responsibility for allowing this . We as a nation have for faR too long allowed the oz and NZ rugby boards dominate us . time to get tough with them.

  • Herman - 2011-11-16 08:39

    So the idiot actually states he cost us the match.....what an pathetic whimp!

  • Facts - 2011-11-16 08:41

    World Cup in New Zealand, money in the Bank so it must be mission accomplish for you hey Lawrence!!!

  • Andre - 2011-11-16 08:43

    He should be investigated for match fixing. Don't tell me match fixing is in cricket for years, but not in rugby. Both are professional games and a lot of money is involve. Bastard!!!!!

  • Anton - 2011-11-16 08:44

    The only correct call he has ever made!

      Alan - 2011-11-16 08:46


  • Tony - 2011-11-16 08:44

    Bryce Lawrence needs a high five!!............with a the face!!

      Gary - 2011-11-16 13:21

      No Tony, he needs a hug...with a rope....around the neck....hahahaha

  • Owen - 2011-11-16 08:45

    Glad to see that Bryce Lawrence accepts the fact that he made some Crucial Errors on the day of the Semi Final against the Aussies. (think he feels that the Aussies would be a weaker opponent) He knows tha he is being punished, which should make him realise that Referees have to be Neutral at all times and if not it could mean that he would suffer lose of Income... The one thing that he could or should do is Apologise for his Poor Performance in Public....

      John - 2011-11-16 08:58

      Owen, as I have stated earlier in this thread, Bryce should not have been reffing that game because NZ was already through, how can he be neutral? The IRB is to blame here and our stupid SARU, they should have picked this up long before the game.

      Blip - 2011-11-16 22:39

      He's not Australian. He's not South African. He's therefore neutral. IRB-eligible. Simple fact.

  • Gerhard - 2011-11-16 08:45

    Bryce Lawrence. PLEASE come and try to put your foot in South Africa you F*cking CHEAT!! What Piet van Zyl did will look like a tea party. You deliberately cheated our country out of the RWC. Do not be scared of SA supporters. FEAR US!!!

  • Bronwen - 2011-11-16 08:47

    At last Lawrence agrees he didnt ref properly and yes like all of us who dont live up to standards he is being punished IRB equally to blame on this issue..they appointed him he was in trouble in Super 14 as well

  • FunkyPow - 2011-11-16 08:52

    What Lawrence did is a criminal offence. He has a duty of care as a referee, like any other professional be it a DR or Lawyer to make the correct decisions for the well being of his clients. His performance was onerous and diabolical, and influenced an entire nation which was robbed.He should never referee another game again, and be dismissed as an international referee, as he has not acted in the way that is expected of someone of his position. I am pretty sure if he was not a NZ referee, he would have been reprimanded even more..Someone that is Guilty which he clearly admits, should not come to SA as he is a CHEAT and acknowledges it openly. Send him to the Gallows!!!

  • Eric - 2011-11-16 08:55

    Come ref the super 15 New Zealand needs help

  • Larry - 2011-11-16 08:56

    "I have concerns about my safety because in the end it's a job, I know that, and also it's just a sport so I'm not going to put myself at risk" its a job that you get paid alot of money to do and its not "just a sport" its the RWC, alot of time, effort and money went into it before the RWC started and you messed it up in 80min. the fact that alot of people in NZ stood behind you was because you won the WC for them after that shocking display!

      AcidBlade - 2011-11-16 13:07

      Is j jas Larry?

  • Philip - 2011-11-16 08:58

    Thats a good start Bryce. Now if you were a little bit wiser you would give up reffing altogether. Incompetent Knob!

  • neil.purves - 2011-11-16 09:03

    this man doesn't learn from past poor efforts and resultant sanctions, so please keep him in New Zealand where he can foul-up to his hearts content!

  • Bigrp - 2011-11-16 09:04

    Biggest problem here is the IRB...saying Bryce was "rested" for 6 Nations when it is punishment. Why don't they just come out and tell the truth. The same thing happened to Jonathan Kaplan earlier this season when he reffed a few bad games; he was "rested" for a few weeks, but in reality he was being "punished" for his bad performances. My point is, the IRB should state this clearly, then maybe the public will complain less about referees being "untouchable". We understand that referees will sometimes have a bad game or two, but if it is acknowledged by the IRB/SARU and they outline the sanction taken, maybe the public will be more forgiving.

  • gift.maneli - 2011-11-16 09:04

    SUKUZA APHA SIZAKUNYISA BOET,if this a kind of appology stuff it in ur...

  • kingswing69 - 2011-11-16 09:14

    you knew excactly what you did . whats the smallest muscle in a sheeps a** Bryce Lawrence d1ck

  • SeeVeeDeeEl - 2011-11-16 09:14

    He did the job and NZRU benefited. This was a set-up, match fixing at its best. I think it is time to see the Kiwis for what they really are.

      Blip - 2011-11-16 22:42

      World champions? #1 ranked for almost the entire period since rankings began? Winners of more 3N and Super Rugby titles than the other two nations combined? Indeed, its time to see that.

  • Munro - 2011-11-16 09:15

    OOI give this man a Bells !! , with a dash of cyanide !! from SA with love !!!

  • jock.vanwyk1 - 2011-11-16 09:15

    dont be scared only feel ashamed for being a crook.I am sure you are part of match fixing

  • Clive - 2011-11-16 09:20

    Shame he does not even see he made big mistakes, if he had apologised saying I saw it different on the day made mistake most would forgive him but he is arrogant and does not accept his fault in sending SA home early. Which is why would love him to ref here in sunny SA.

  • Jeanette - 2011-11-16 09:21

    EESH! I will be scared to.....................

  • Michael - 2011-11-16 09:22

    For the rest of his life he will KNOW he cheated and we will be there to remind him.... we do it to criminals.... a cheating referee should get no less !!!!!!!!

      Robert - 2011-11-16 09:30

      Lawrence was under NZRU instruction to ENSURE that the All Blacks didn't face the Springboks in the semi-finals. We were the last team they wanted to actually face. They were happy to play the Wobblies.

      Nick - 2011-11-16 09:54

      Well said @Robert - EXACTLY sir! Maybe not the NZRFU though - but certainly his boss - the prime-cheat of all New Zealanders - Paddy O'Brien. He manipulated the RWC victory for his fellow vermin! Has been manipulating Southern Hemisphere rugby the last 18 months (remember the cheating against us in last year's Tri-Nations!)... After our fabulous year in 2009 - the Bok momentum had to be stopped - especially after the 2010 S14 was then dominated by SA franchises too - especially the Bulls and Stormers.. Hence the appointment of his lackeys - compliant little nerdy refs - all looking to suck-up to their boss - and they certainly complied... We got yellow-carded and blown out the Tests (especially vs NZ) - while McCaw and his fellow cockroaches kept getting "warning", "warning", "warning"...... To the point a 1-metre forward pass was blatantly ignored at Soccer City - in the move leading to McCaw's controversial TMO try... The fact that that Test was so much more than just rugby to all South Africans - the historical nature of the Test - our first Test in Soweto - meant nothing to the cockroaches - they still endeavoured to cheat the Boks... Job done - net result - we lost/were cheated... Net result - the Boks carried no momentum into 2011...