No SA S15 matches for Bryce

2012-01-24 11:47

Cape Town - Controversial New Zealand referee Bryce Lawrence will not travel to South Africa to officiate Super Rugby matches after he refereed the Springboks in their 11-9 Rugby World Cup quarter-final defeat against Australia.

South African rugby fans slammed Lawrence and blamed him for ending the Springboks reign as World Cup champions.

Lawrence received threats over email and on Facebook and was heavily criticised by Springbok captain John Smit and former World Cup final referee Andre Watson.

While Lawrence became public enemy No 1 in South Africa with rugby fans in SA, in New Zealand he won the NZRU Referee of the Year award for a fourth time.

According to the RugbyWeek website, Lawrence has been given his match schedule for the upcoming Super rugby series and Lawrence has revealed that he is not listed to control any games in South Africa.

Lawrence said that while he wanted to travel to South Africa to deal with the criticism and get that over and done with, he understands that SANZAR have left him off the list for South Africa as they do not want any distractions from their tournament.

SANZAR's referees boss Lyndon Bray could not be reached for comment, but it is understood that his organisation are fearful that fans might take matters into their own hands.

In 2002 during a Tri-Nations match in Durban between the Springboks and the All Blacks, South African fan Pieter van Zyl stormed on to the field and attacked Irish referee David McHugh who had to retire from the match with a dislocated shoulder.

That day there were 419 security officials at the match but Van Zyl managed to get on to the field and tackle McHugh to the ground and several Springboks and All Blacks had to drag him off McHugh including Richie McCaw who initially managed to get him to the ground.


  • Lionel - 2012-01-24 11:50

    Wonder why not..................

      Robert - 2012-01-24 12:04

      It's good that he stays away, some have got over it, but not all. There are people who will come knocking on his door. Maybe he deserves a smack anyway.

      Eduard - 2012-01-24 12:26

      Well, he does not know the rules of the game, I guess Anyway, SA should campaign never to play under his whistle....period

      Daniel - 2012-01-24 12:45

      Probably because he might be served as Curry and Bryce, CHOP !!

      Alan - 2012-01-24 12:46

      I just heard that Brycie will be in SA to ref one of the InterVarsity games against Pukke. Puk puk Puk....

      pieterla - 2012-01-24 13:52

      He won't see daylight AGAIN.....litterally!

      goyougoodthing - 2012-01-24 16:02

      But I bet he gets to officiate in NZ against SA teams... and I bet the results will be markedly skewed.

  • Bulldozer - 2012-01-24 11:58

    Too bad. I would've love to see him blow the Stormers off the park against..............well anybody.

      Bob - 2012-01-24 13:25

      @Bulldozer. I guess the only way the Bulls can win against the Stormers is with a ref of Lawrences morals and standards!!! What a shame.

      Bulldozer - 2012-01-24 13:35

      Yes, the Stormers have been screwed by refs for the last 11 years!!! What a shame.

      Alan - 2012-01-24 13:38

      Nah, just Craig Joubert...

      Bulldozer - 2012-01-24 13:53

      Alan, then you admit that the Stormers are just plain rubbish? Only getting screwed by one ref, but still no cups for 11 years.

      Julian - 2012-01-25 02:22

      " I like you Bulldozer, People say i have no taste, but i like you." !

      Pierre - 2012-01-25 11:51

      Ha-ha, funny comment, really. We down south can take a friendly banter. But that your Meyer is now Bok-coach, I heard he is renting a house in Newlands to be closer to all the good players in SA. O yes, Bryce; yeh, give him a bit of a cold shoulder for a while still. We must not be seen to except that kind of refereeing, else they will do it again.

  • Francois - 2012-01-24 11:59

    now that's a pity! Would have like to see how many of the "if he comes here I'll show him" clowns would actually do something and be banned from rugby for life.

      Alan - 2012-01-24 12:15

      Eish - if he is Ref of the Year again in NZ, there must be a shocking standard of refs there. I think a good old S.A. 'PK" would sort him out.

      Gungets - 2012-01-24 12:32

      Exactly. All these Monday Morning referees. Most of them probably little grey lofties in suits that think eating left handed is a decent workout. Lawrance would be perfectly safe, unless one of the players bliksemmed him because he just looks like he needs percussive maintenance to his dial.

      johan.r.erasmus - 2012-01-24 12:59

      @ Gungets. Judging by this comment, of yours. I have to assume that you played some top class rugby, or if not at least reffed a few times at Vodacom Cup level and higher. Please provide the facts including a proper name and not a nom de plume. Hiding behind the nom de plume does not lend much credibility to your comments.

      GrootWitHaai - 2012-01-24 13:06

      Don't tempt the Boere.

  • Robert - 2012-01-24 11:59

    Public A-hole number 1 Ja boet, rather stay at home. You're a chop who can't ref a toilet sitting, never mind a rugby game.

  • Tony - 2012-01-24 12:01

    "Lawrence said that he wanted to travel to South Africa to deal with the criticism and get that over and done with..." Moet ons jou nou glo? Sou maklik self 'n Piet van Zyl op jou kon getrek het...

  • nagelja - 2012-01-24 12:05

    So not so stupid after all, seker maar bang hy word gemoer

      Robert - 2012-01-24 12:16


  • Koos - 2012-01-24 12:05

    but how many sa games will he do over seas?? also none i hope!!!!!

      Gungets - 2012-01-24 12:33

      He will ref SA teams, and stuff them up. #$%#$% - if he can blow Beast for dangerous play before the "crouch" then he is hardly unbiased.

      Deon - 2012-01-24 13:04

      That "dangerous play" for standing took the cake.

      Heiku - 2012-01-24 13:15

      Yeah I think maybe beast farted.

  • Francois - 2012-01-24 12:05

    Nothing stopping us from taking matters into our own hands overseas.... Oh damn, probably shouldn't have said that out loud.

      Robert - 2012-01-24 12:14

      Fortunately for Bryce, our grandchildren will not remember his sins.

  • Jan - 2012-01-24 12:10

    Siestog!!! Shame!!! Poor disadvantaged ref! Probably wangled it so. Being the top Kiwi ref, he must have had some influnce on the schedule.

      chris.serfontein1 - 2012-01-24 14:01

      I think he was paid by the Kiwi's to make the Boks lose and that is why he got their award for best ref. The Kiwi's themselves are not so innocent in this saga.

  • Wimpie - 2012-01-24 12:18

    bly weg jou aap !!! dis beter vir jou me.

  • Claude - 2012-01-24 12:21

    Coward --- but I don't think any SA Team should take the field if he is officiating in any form. His motives are just too suspect.

      Hendrik - 2012-01-24 13:37

      His motives is the least of the problem. His inabilities and incompetance is far more worrying factors. Too many people credit him with enough intelligence to be able to cheat. I do not think he has the mental capacity to do that. I support a call for any S.A. team to forfeit the points but refuse to take to the field if he is there either as ref or linesman.

  • Johan - 2012-01-24 12:24

    :D Super Funny !!!

  • David - 2012-01-24 12:24

    How can BL be a distraction. He would be the main attraction as he was in the RWC.

  • Michele - 2012-01-24 12:24

    I am glad he is not coming. Let him face the consequences for his cowardly actions and if this is one of them then so be it. If NZ think he is so great then he can officiate their games and leave ours alone, we have seen enough of his " pedigree " in my book.

      John - 2012-01-24 12:40

      trouble with that is , he is so one eyed , all our sides will be one down if he refs any of our away games.

  • Con - 2012-01-24 12:26

    What a pity. I heard that Piet Boerpens Van Zyl was already in training.

      Heiku - 2012-01-24 12:44

      Hy drink al dubbel brandewyn elke dag vir die laaste ses maande.

  • B - 2012-01-24 12:33

    Maybe a good thing as surely some or other SA fan might have "Piet van Zyl" him - not that we condone it as that person would be banned for life! Also if NZ believes he is the best ref then rather have him there and mess up their games as the only games he could have possible blown here should be those between the SA teams as otherwise everybody would have believed he was biased against their teams (I know that in the past few years SANZAR has changed the rule with regards to who refers when, and in the past had NZ ref's blow NZ vs SA teams which is not right - should go back to the old days where the ref was "independant" to whom was playing)

  • John - 2012-01-24 12:39

    The man should be sued for negligence, there is a case to answer.......anyone want to join me on the law suit......

  • Tommy - 2012-01-24 12:39

    Piet van Zyl wag vir jou pappa.

  • wayne.nkuna - 2012-01-24 12:43

    he shouldnt even ref a single s.a (super 15) team rugby match.........banned this fool for life

  • J.D. - 2012-01-24 12:53

    His pappie is the chief of refs in NZ so what can one expect. That game was the biggest sting in the history of rugby. Lost my respect for the AB's.And he lie about wanting to come here. He asked not to come.

      Lonne - 2012-01-25 03:35

      1974 - Max Base (SA top ref at the time) qualify as the biggest sting in the history of rugby EVER!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Heiku - 2012-01-24 12:54

    I hope an expat moers him in NZ until his face falls off.

  • Bradley - 2012-01-24 13:02

    If I'm not mistaken he didn't get any 2012 six nations games either.

  • Groenkoors - 2012-01-24 13:06

    Oh NO!!!! How on earth is a New Zealand team supposed to win this tournament now :)

  • Bernadette - 2012-01-24 13:06

    I'm glad he's not coming!!! Our Rugby Manna train hard and battle to keep their position. They deserve only the highest of quality in a Ref for their games!! How he won the Ref of the year award..... I don't know !!

  • Travis - 2012-01-24 13:09

    Good you prick.

      Alan - 2012-01-24 13:43

      Ken, are you frikkin blind or just stupid?

  • andrewpullen - 2012-01-24 13:20

    Everything aside, I Still think the biggest joke about this guy is that he won NZ ref of the year. Thats just outrageous.

  • muriel.farquharson - 2012-01-24 13:23

    Yay, if he did, he would be taking his life in danger CHOP!

  • Cornelius - 2012-01-24 13:31

    Anyone else find it utterly hillarious how NEWS24 uses the worst possible fotos of Bryce whenever they write an article about him? Biased media? Us? Oh no!?

  • Hendrik - 2012-01-24 13:32

    By implication that means he IS being allowed to ref again. Screwball should not even be allowed to handle primary school games. What is not mentioned, is how many S15 games NOT played in RSA but where S.A. sides are involved he WILL have a whistle in his hands/mouth. Dark days for the S.A. sides that encounter this slimeball either in Australia or NZL. Perhaps a trip can be arranged for him to Christchurch just before their next earthquake with accurate positioning to put him at the epicentre. Might solve many problems then.

  • frans.grobler3 - 2012-01-24 13:39

    Come to Papa face you misbehaviour - We forgive BUT DON@T FORGET

  • Meyer Du Plessis - 2012-01-24 13:51

    Ha ha doesn't matter much...there is enough south-africans living in. Nz and Aus so wich ever south african game he ever refs in he wil receive justice....

  • Kim - 2012-01-24 14:05

    Incompetant clown doesn't deserve to set foot on SA soil! D _ _ S!!

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-01-24 14:17

    Pity. He could do with a good AAK (Attitude Adjustment Klap).

  • Byron - 2012-01-24 14:20

    Make him come face the music he stuffed up and a little abuse from the fans may just help him be a better(not bias) ref going forward! If you want to be a pro then you have to take the good with the bad

  • Phil - 2012-01-24 14:22

    Would have been good to see Bryce in SA to see how many SA fans live up to their big-mouthing. SA residents are well known for being big on talk ...and short on action.

      Heiku - 2012-01-24 14:49


  • Andrew - 2012-01-24 14:30

    Best news of the day!

  • aduvenhage - 2012-01-24 15:25

    Ai man, what am I going to do with all those frozen naartjies I've been hoarding?

  • mphorista - 2012-01-24 16:05

    Why should he act surprised??? blerry cheat!!!!

  • Ann - 2012-01-24 16:07

    Ook maar lekker bangbroek... :)

  • gregory.f.dean - 2012-01-24 16:39

    It would be good if he NEVER ref a game where a SA team is on the field. In previous games when the Sharks have been on the field he appeared to view the 50/50 decisions in favour of the opposition.

      Phil - 2012-01-26 11:13

      " It would be good if he NEVER ref a game where a SA team is on the field" That is not going to happen ....Bryce will ref games with SA teams this season. Get used to it.

  • steyts - 2012-01-24 16:55

    Just goes to show how PATHETIC NZ referees are if such a MASSIVE JOKE OF A REF is named their ref of the year!!

  • Johan - 2012-01-24 17:57

    We are ready to have him charged for match fixing mate. The fund has been started and he may not even enter SA as a tourist. People influencing the outcome of sports games go that way. Sportsfans have a right to enjoy games without stress of referee influence.

  • doors.smuts - 2012-01-24 20:12

    If someone is not able to travel to any location as required by the competition venues played at, he should not be used at all. This very situation is proof enough that he is not considered capable to be impartial. Remove Brycie from the panel, he is not treated as an equal amongst the referee panel. How stupid can Sanzar be? Hope SARB does not accept this conduct...

  • Clive - 2012-01-24 20:23

    Smart move for once, Paddy No'Brain.

  • Louis - 2012-01-24 21:07

    Had the World Cup committee dealt with the issue immediately, fairly and transparently then there should be no fear that fans will take matters in their own hand. As it stands one can only question the integrity of the result and conclude that the administrators are cowards.

      Phil - 2012-01-26 11:11

      " Had the World Cup committee dealt with the issue immediately" Dealt with WHAT issue exactly?

  • Christopher - 2012-01-24 22:05

    U cant hide forever bryce, all it takes is 1 person 2 sort u out just 1 person & they are lining up. So u can run & u can hide but sooner or later u have 2 come 2 SA & we will all be waiting for u when u climb off the bus, when u eat ur lunch, when u sign into our beautiful hotels we will be waiting for u...

      Lonne - 2012-01-25 03:38

      Get a life Christopher. You lost GET OVER IT and MOVE ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Phil - 2012-01-26 11:06

      "sooner or later u have 2 come 2 SA & we will all be waiting for u when u climb off the bus " Half-Wit. How can do that when you live in Oklahoma? Or do you think Bryce is coming to America?

  • Julian - 2012-01-25 00:19

    REDS Super Rugby CHAMPIONS 2011, Super Rugby: Minor Premiers 2011, Super 10 Champions 1995, Super 10 Champions 1994, Super 6: Champions 1992 ..... YEAAAAAAAHH GET THAT INTA YA!!!!!.GOOOO YOU REDS!!!!!!!

  • Angela - 2012-01-25 12:01

    I am still just astounded by the NZRU. How can this guy still be allowed to continue? And a @#$% award????? I thought the criminals went to Australia...

      Phil - 2012-01-26 11:09

      "I thought the criminals went to Australia " You would have been right Angela ....250 Years ago. Right now the toilet called SA beats Australia for criminals easily.

  • margaret.mead1 - 2012-01-25 15:50

    Not surprised at all that he hasn't been invited. As for coming to SA to sort out the reaction of the fans, I have my doubts whether he'll come, or what kind of reception he will get. Maybe he'll just say "Sorry, I made a mistake". Everybody makes mistakes. But that was a BIG mistake.

      Phil - 2012-01-26 11:10

      " But that was a BIG mistake. " Thats your opinion ...many disagree.

  • Dakey - 2012-01-26 09:16

    We'll need to buy Pieter van Zyl a ticket to New Zealand in that case.