Springboks

Hoskins: Nature of the game

2010-08-10 17:39
Oregan Hoskins (Gallo Images)
Adnaan Mohamed

Cape Town - The President of the South African Rugby Union, Oregan Hoskins, says rugby pundits in every country have strong feelings for their team and will do whatever it takes to see their team being successful.

“I think that is the nature of the game and we accept that,” Hoskins said when asked if he thinks Australian and New Zealand rugby pundits have something against South Africa.

Hoskins was however satisfied that a misconduct charge filed after Springbok coach Peter de Villiers suggested his team were the victims of a conspiracy to help the All Blacks has been dropped.

“We are very pleased that the hearing has gone Peter de Villiers’s way. We are relieved and we know that the coach is now going to focus only on one thing which is the upcoming Test in two weeks time,” Hoskins said on Tuesday.

“It’s a final decision that was made by the judicial officer and we regard the matter as closed. It is important for us to ensure that whatever issues we have, is dealt with within the SANZAR set-up. From now onwards that is how will all deal with these issues,” he explained.

 Asked if he could clarify reports that he himself could still face a SANZAR hearing for statement that he has made he said : “No, you might have to find that out from SANZAR. I am not aware of this.”

With regards to reports that the De Villiers’s hearing was a declaration of war from SANZAR’s side on SARU Hoskins replied: “Yes, that was reported in the media and I read that as well. We are all quite familiar with that statement, but it was definitely not SARU that made that statement.”

On the possibility of steps being taken against the Bok coach for making controversial statements he said: “We had a meeting with Peter before this enquiry. That was even before he was charged. We dealt with the issue of media statements. We are dealing with it on an ongoing basis and will continue to do what is right for Peter, for our team and our organisation.”

When questioned on inconsistencies of the IRB’s head of referees Paddy O’ Brien dealing with referees or match officials who make mistakes and are dealt with differently he said: “We had a meeting last night with our judicial people and our head of referees. And we agreed that issues like those will be taken up by ou head of referees André Watson and judicial issues will be taken up by judge Lex Mpati, who is the chairman of our judicial committee. Judge Mpati has agreed that all media enquiries around judicial issues need to be referred to him. He will be happy to take those questions.”

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