Kaplan highlights ref errors

    2015-02-17 11:50

    Cape Town - Retired South African referee Jonathan Kaplan says they Lions were the architects of their own downfall against the Hurricanes, but he nevertheless highlighted a few refereeing errors.

    Despite enjoying the lion's share of possession and territory, the Lions went down 22-8 in their opening Super Rugby match at Emirates Airline Park last Friday.

    Kaplan commented on the weekend's action via his website,

    He wrote: “The Lions were miserable against the ‘Canes who deserved their win. A few calls went against the Lions which didn’t help, but in truth their execution and accuracy wasn’t the best. They let themselves down.

    “Referee (Rohan) Hoffman missed many a ‘Canes player taking an opponent out beyond the ball, which has been a growing trend in recent years, and something needs to be done about it. He also messed up a couple of maul defence rulings which didn’t help at critical junctures, but like I said, the Lions only have themselves to blame."

    Kaplan also criticised the performance of referee Steve Walsh, who handled the Australian derby between the Waratahs and Western Force in Sydney, which the men from Perth surprisingly won 25-13.

    "Referee Walsh wasn’t the best failing to refer a try which was so close to the corner that he could not have seen in real time if it was good, (he) had a very poor scrum completion rate with umpteen resets, had a basic law error in respect of kick-off into in goal (not good enough at this level) and seemed more interested in the peripheral issues that the game offered rather than the nuts and bolts. Not ideal," wrote Kaplan.

    CLICK HERE to read Kaplan's full column on his website

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