Naka: Study the referees!

2012-02-29 22:16

Cape Town - Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské believes it's becoming more important nowadays to study the way referees officiate than to study your opponents.

Referees were very strict at scrums and breakdowns during Round 1 of the Super Rugby competition, which evoked some negative responses from rugby fans.

Drotské told the Volksblad newspaper that the outcome of six out of the seven matches was determined via penalty kicks. He believes teams will need to start adapting to the specific referee they get every week.

Drotské has already had a chat with Craig Joubert, who will referee their clash against the Bulls in Bloemfontein on Saturday, and feels his team cannot afford to be penalised unnecessarily.

The Cheetahs' poor discipline cost them against the Lions last week. The men from Johannesburg won 27-25, with flyhalf Elton Jantjies kicking all their points.

"The message came through clearly in the first week. Six out of the seven matches were won with penalties.

"Due to the manner in which referees now govern the breakdown area, you can't give away penalties.

"What is important nowadays it that you actually have to analyse the way the referee officiates more than you analyse your opponents.

"Every referee has certain things that he's strict on.

"I have already spoken to Craig Joubert. He also refereed our practice match against the Stormers.

"At Newlands we were penalised four times for not rolling away and two times for being offside at the breakdowns. It's six penalties we have to avoid against the Bulls," said Drotské.

The Cheetahs' backline coach, Hawies Fourie, also expressed his discontent with the type of rugby dished up in the first week of Super Rugby.

"The rugby that was played was disappointing, especially due to the large number of penalties awarded.

"Many teams just went for the safe option of kicking balls away.

"It wasn't pretty to look at," said Fourie.

The Cheetahs' clash against the Bulls kicks off at 17:05 on Saturday.


Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Rocco Jansen, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Philip Snyman, 11 Willie le Roux, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Tewis de Bruyn, 8 Davon Raubenheimer, 7 Philip van der Walt, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane.

Substitutes: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Lourens Adriaanse, 18 Waltie Vermeulen, 19 Ashley Johnson, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Cameron Jacobs.

Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Wynand Olivier, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling.

Substitutes: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 CJ Stander, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouché, 22 JJ Engelbrecht.


  • Bulldozer - 2012-02-29 22:22

    No use in studying the ref if you are playing the Stormers and Marius Jonker is officiating. Ask the Hurricanes.

      Bootman - 2012-02-29 22:44

      I'm sure you would have loved it if Jonker let the Canes get away with all their infringements. Just play according to the laws and there will be no need to study the refs.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-29 22:46

      What infringements?

      Bootman - 2012-02-29 22:48

      Go watch the game again. Im sure you record all the Stormers games and sit and watch it over and over wishing it could be your team.

      Bootman - 2012-02-29 22:49

      errrrr sorry. What about cups?

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-29 22:51


      Saffa - 2012-03-01 07:34

      @Isak Dom twat

      aubrey.gloster - 2012-03-01 07:50

      Hoe kaler hoe pronker, hoe Marius Jonker hoe dronker.

  • Johan - 2012-02-29 22:23

    "At Newlands we were penalised four times for not rolling away and two times for being offside at the breakdowns." And you have to study the ref for that!!

      Johan - 2012-02-29 22:24

      Maybe you should study the rules!!

      Rene - 2012-02-29 22:30

      @Johan, dis ongelukkig waar wat Naka se: Die refs vandag speel 'n rol in die game - dit hoort nie so nie! Die refs dink hulle is 'groter as die game'.

      Jason - 2012-03-01 08:19

      Actually Rene the refs are governed by the IRB and the IRB have changed the interpretations at the breakdown. The refs have been told to be very strict in that particular area. Also at scrum time. So to blame the refs is not really fair. They are professionals and also have bosses they need to keep happy! Understanding the way a particular ref sees these areas is vital in the planning before the game! Stormers 4 life!

      Rene - 2012-03-01 08:43

      @Jason, I'm fully aware of the governing body etc. I'm also aware of the changed rules etc. I did not watch all of last weekend games, (Aus/NZ - only some of the Crusader & Blues game), I simply found our refs were like Army Chiefs with their whistles. Furthermore, the interpretations of most laws amongst refs are way off! From a spectators point of view, not fun watching 'stop/start' games. I hope it will get better as the season progresses, and the refs will become less 'whistle happy'

      Johan - 2012-03-01 08:44

      Reg so Rene, maar dit klink of Naka erken hulle het oortree maar dan die ref daarvoor blameer?

  • Rene - 2012-02-29 22:26

    Naka, this is sad BUT true. Refs should all be the same, they use the same set of rules. The refs should be unbiased and professional! But what I've seen in the first week, especially by SA refs, not the case! But damn I'm glad that little fatboy got expelled! (Sorry had to say it)

  • James Parker - 2012-02-29 22:44

    marius jonker is a bosss haha

  • Saffa - 2012-02-29 23:07

    I agree Naka. Like Plonker handing the game to the Stormers on a plate against the Hurricanes. What a joke that was

      Jason - 2012-03-01 08:21

      Spies your understanding of rugby rules leaves much to be desired. Please enlighten me with an incident where Marius got it wrong. I have watched the game a couple of times and he didn't do a bad job.

      Saffa - 2012-03-01 21:33

      Of course you'll think that with your Stormer glasses a +10 bilateral

  • jcalitz3 - 2012-02-29 23:09

    I think Craig Joubert robbed the Free State Cheetahs of winning the game against the Lions. Just as he robbed France winning the World Cup against New Zealand. The referees decide which team is going to win especially if it is a close game. It was decided long ago that New Zealand must win the cup in 2011 that is why Jake White was not elected for a second term to coach the team, this would have meant South Africa would have being the first team to defend their World Cup victory in 2007 successful, that is why the IRR gave Hoskins the post of Vice Chairman because he was the man that stopped Jake White being elected for a second term. Just give these so-called rugby administrators just empty pavilions then you will see how quickly our rugby players, administration, referees, corruption and blatant wrong referee decisions will fade away and we will see real good hard clean attractive rugby. We hope we can eliminate the referees with technology, they all are just pathetic they referee according to what is deposited after the game in their bank account.

      Saffa - 2012-02-29 23:18

      @jcalitz3 Do you also believe in the Tokkelos?

      Lion - 2012-03-01 03:12

      Hosh Tokolosh

      Jason - 2012-03-01 08:23


  • Staalburger - 2012-02-29 23:19

    It is sad when the rules allow for such a broad area of interpretation that two refs will make totally different calls regarding the same aspect. It is not fair to the players and not good for rugby. Rules should be clear and not ambigious. It is time the breakdown area gets sorted out by the rule makers.

      Jimmy - 2012-03-01 09:51

      u r right on Staal. It is getting worse and worse. They are detroying rugby as we knew it!!!

  • Fred - 2012-02-29 23:32

    Shows how stupid the rugby administrators are, when a game is so centered on one person and so much energy is spent on analyzing the officiating as a game strategy. Wake up!!! People are leaving rugby.

  • Soetdoring - 2012-03-01 00:59

    I would like to see how teams can study a ref if refs are not consistent! Inconsistency of refs is the main problem. It was said in the past that teams do not object too much over bad refereeing, provided it is done consistently.

      Jimmy - 2012-03-01 09:52

      The problem is the Law. It is in a shambles.

  • Saffa - 2012-03-01 01:08

    Stormers moet vir die ref baie baie baie dankie se vir hulle Hurricanes wen. Ek bedoel hoekom gee Jonker nie sommer 'n strafdrie vir die Stormers met die opdraf slag en blaas dan onmiddelik die endfluitjie. Dit sou minder obvious gewees het

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-01 01:18

      Discretion is the better part of valour.

      jack.oosthuysen - 2012-03-01 04:14

      Graham Henry on Reunion stated " it was frustrating to watch the match. I thought the referee was poor"

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-01 04:18

      Graham Henry is very diplomatic. The ref was absolutely pathetic.

      Jimmy - 2012-03-01 09:54

      Saffa and Bulldozer your posts make me wonder about the intelligence of Bull supporters. Where do you get all this trash from?

  • Lion - 2012-03-01 03:19

    Always the REF REF REF... Off course you will be penalized 6 times for not rolling away and for being offside you idiot. That is the rules of rugby. You better not do this against the Bulls. Morne will put 18 points up your ass with his boot for doing that you whiner.

      isak.dippenaar - 2012-03-01 07:31

      The fact is that this is the real penalties the 7 other penalties nobody know why it were given. I am a rugby supporter. The influence of refs is far to big. Is it the bookies? Australian bookies. As in the cricket a few years ago?

      Lion - 2012-03-02 03:46

      @Isak I agree with you. Some refs are killing most games these days. The fact is... we all know that. The coaches and the players know it better than the rest of us. We as rugby loving supporters see it as well and it is frustrating to us. We, however have no control over this blatant arrogance by some refs... But... the coaches, captains and players can do enough and play the rules of the game and by doing so play the ref as well. Forget about the ref. Study and analyze your opponents and just play the rules. I bet you that you will be 100% better off in the end. Take the Boks in the wold cup... Even if they studied Bryce before the game it wouldn't have made a difference. You can never say how the ref will handle a game on the day. They are human and unpredictable. Control what you can and if you play proper rugby... you control the ref.

  • Ockie - 2012-03-01 07:39

    It is tough being a ref (and I'm glad I am not one), but hopefully the pay is good, because 90% of the time ... after each game, they get critized. (99% of the time by the losing team). The officials have to bring in more of technology to make the decisions more accurate. About the Hurricanes ... the NZ teams always swayed around in the rucks and then fall over on the other side. Plonker blow what he saw and he was right ... surely he made mistakes also, but it went both ways. The Cheetahs lost because they missed a kick, that could have won them the game, and then this article would never have been written.

      aubrey.gloster - 2012-03-01 07:47

      Ockie jy's lekker cocky ha ha ha ha

      aubrey.gloster - 2012-03-01 07:49

      Ockie die Lions het ook 2 maklike strafskoppe gemis en as dit oor was dan is die artikel steeds geskryf

      Ockie - 2012-03-01 08:34

      Sorry Aubrey .. jy is seker reg oor die Lions se verbroude skoppe. Jy is dan verseker ook reg oor die artikel.

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