SANZAR warnings for Cheika, Peyper
Cape Town - Waratahs coach Michael Cheika
and South African referee Jaco Peyper have been reprimanded by SANZAR after the
pair had a discussion at half-time during the Waratahs’ Super Rugby clash with
the Blues in Sydney on March 28.
The southern hemisphere governing body on
Thursday confirmed that it received a formal complaint in regard to the alleged
conduct of Cheika.
After undertaking a thorough investigation,
including receiving statements from all parties involved, it was determined
that Cheika had approached Peyper, who was the match referee on the day, in
front of the other match officials to seek clarification on a scrum
interpretation during the half-time break of the match.
In a short and polite exchange that took
place in the referee's change room, Peyper responded to Cheika's request for
clarification. No other issues were discussed. Both Cheika and Peyper have
subsequently acknowledged this exchange should not have taken place and
There is no evidence that the referee was
influenced by the exchange in his handling of the match, nor in the
circumstances has there been a breach of the SANZAR Code of Conduct and no
further action will be taken.
SANZAR has issued formal warnings to both
Cheika and Peyper and has written to all referees and coaches, reminding them
that no discussions should take place between the match officials and coaches
during a match.
The Waratahs won the match 23-11.