Mitchell: Rugby is getting a 'little bit tender'
- Bulls coach John
Mitchell has raised questions over the standard of
refereeing once again following his side's 39-33 win over the
Sharks at Loftus on Saturday.
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In the pick of the weekend
matches from a South African perspective, fans were treated to a pulsating
affair that saw a total of nine tries scored on the day.
It was a result that has launched
the Bulls back into Super Rugby playoff contention, but speaking after the
match Mitchell opened up on the officiating.
"The game is getting a little bit tender if that’s a yellow
card, but unfortunately, we had to deal with it," said Mitchell,
responding to RG Snyman's sin bin for a late hit on Curwin Bosch.
The Sharks were also guilty of ill-discipline, losing both Bosch
and Lukhanyo Am to yellow cards from referee Rasta Rasivhenge at different
"Every referee has his own idiosyncrasies and he is also
reliant on his ARs (assistant referees) and sometimes the ARs can be a little
under fatigue," Mitchell added.
Still, the former All Black coach was satisfied with his team's
"We gave away a few soft tries and left a few points out
there ourselves, but I was really impressed with the attitude of the
guys," he said.
"One of the things I’m enjoying about the side is the
maturity and calmness that comes with it. It enables us to reset and
re-establish momentum. That’s a really important part of our growth."
The Bulls now travel to Argentina for a tricky clash against the