Henry praises 'hard' Joubert

2010-08-02 08:15

Wellington - New Zealand coach Graham Henry has praised Craig Joubert's hard-line refereeing that resulted in three yellow cards and left Australia reeling with 14 men during their 49-28 loss to the All Blacks on Saturday.

Joubert sin-binned All Blacks prop Owen Franks and Wallabies wing Drew Mitchell for seemingly innocuous tackles in the first half, then red-carded Mitchell two minutes after the break for deliberately holding up play.

"I think it's good they're strict. Okay, there might be some debate about some of the decisions, there's always going to be some debate about the decisions," Henry told reporters on Sunday.

"What you don't want is referees being soft and therefore you get a game that doesn't flow and there's a lot of illegal stuff happening at the tackle.

"If he's grey at the tackle area or he's grey on people throwing the ball away when the other side wants it, you've got a shambles on your hands.

"So I think it's good that he's strict and he sticks to what he says he's going to do."

Henry said his team had played "exceptionally" well in the crushing win that delivered the All Blacks their eighth successive victory over their trans-Tasman rivals and propelled them 11 points clear of Australia on the Tri-Nations table.

"There were some dull patches and some mistakes and we'd like to eradicate those if possible but you have to be pleased with seven tries," said Henry, whose team notched a bonus point before halftime.

The All Blacks head to Christchurch this week for their next Tri-Nations match, against the Wallabies, with only one fitness concern clouding scrumhalf Jimmy Cowan, who came off the ground early with a rib cartilage injury.

"Apart from that I think we're pretty good," Henry said.

"I think it'd be a miracle if (Cowan) played next week. He'll probably be right for South Africa (on August 21)."

Cowan's injury could open the door for Blues scrumhalf Alby Mathewson to be recalled to the squad for the Christchurch match, where New Zealand could possibly seal their fifth Tri-Nations title in six years.


  • StuartW - 2010-08-02 08:24

    Ek moet se, dit was Joubert se beste wedstryd as skeidsregter gewees. Kom ons hoop die ander skeidsregters het ook gekyk en leer bietjie hieruit. Solank die AUS en NZ gestraf gaan word vir dieselfde oortredings as hulle teen die Bokke speel gaan ons 'n ander uitslag sien...moet byvoeg, die NZ span lyk baie goed en speel as 'n eenheid baie goed saam op hierdie stadium...

  • Jeremy - 2010-08-02 08:37

    I love to gun refs...and Craig was not my best BUT he did great on Saturday. Not for the AB, but for the game of rugby. I LOVED it when Drew got the orders after the line-out move. That is SO negative play. Well done Craig !

  • Shawn - 2010-08-02 08:38

    I dont like Craig Joubert but he did a good job, just look at the difference between the northern Hem and Southern Hem Reff's The IRB have a real problem on their hands. The Norhern reffs are like very far behind.

  • THE ALMIGHTY MAN - 2010-08-02 08:41

    what a game of rugby played for the two biggest racist countries unfortunately, but thats how you play rugby, by holding the ball and running towards the goal line with pace and skill the only way to play the game...the funny thing is australias loosing performance was still good enough to thrash the spring bucks 38-15 hahahahaha

  • Nick - 2010-08-02 08:42

    Of course he praised him. The kiwis have erainl been on the right side of some dubious calls this season and good luck to them. They are playing hard fast rubgy and the momentum is with them. Last the last world cup year, they were well on top and tranked number 1, but failed to reach expectation as they peaked a bit early. The Boks managed to time it just right. Here's hoping they do it again.

  • Nick - 2010-08-02 08:43

    fair comment StuartW

  • BLOUBUL - 2010-08-02 08:44

    he was great in this match, i like decisive refs.

  • Emile - 2010-08-02 08:50

    Ek hoop die Europese Refs het gekyk, geleer en gebloos. So ook De Villiers. Ek hoop die sot het ook gekyk hoe lyk 'n span wat afrigting kry.

  • Ron - 2010-08-02 08:55

    Once again we proved that our refs are sreets ahead of the one eyed refs from OZ ,Ireland and NZ .Joubert shows maturity years ahead of his age and does not treat the players like school boys and on the whole his decisions were consistent. Well done Craig.

  • Dragonpig - 2010-08-02 08:56

    The tackling seems to be making the game a bit too soft for my liking, I agree a spear tackle such as Fourie or Cooper deserve yellow cards and suspensions, maybe not 4 weeks but it's dangerous all the same, I just don't want to see hard tackles be classed as dangerous such as Jean De Villiers one but enough of that. I've finaly seen a player get a yellow and consiquent red card for idiocy which I really like, the thing that bugs me in rugby is incidents like that, why was it needed for Mitchell to slap the ball out of Mills' hand? You got what you desrved, just like Bakkies and Rossuw got their punishments for off the ball incidents, fantastic to see stupidity and unsporting behaviour getting punished

  • GW - 2010-08-02 09:01

    Great running rugby for a change. it's about time we as the paying public get value for our money. Go ALL BLACK'S...

  • dubloki - 2010-08-02 09:01

    common aussies. where are the loud mouths now?

  • fuzzy - 2010-08-02 09:19

    Bull! Joubert wanted to be the most noted person on the field. The two yellow cards for dangerous tackles were IMHO not at all dangerous and certainly not deserving of cards. The IRB have almost got the rules right but have to slack off on the dangerous tackle rule before it becomes impossible to play what is meant to be a physical game.

  • Chris - 2010-08-02 09:19

    This is a new phenomena - we pay to watch refs decide who wins games. It's getting out of hand rapidly. We rapidly drift towards a rugby league type of game. Sometime soon the players will vote with their marching boots. maybe it needs to get to that?

  • What if...??? - 2010-08-02 09:20

    Awesome display by the "Men In Black". Well done guys, my voice is still gone from all the screaming I did on Saturday!!!! I hope we can wrap up the Tri Nations Title this weekend and then, SEND our "B" side out to SA to do battle against them !!!!! Wonder what the boks will say about that if we do?? That's what Jake White said he would have done if he was in control of the boks. He would have rested around 10 of the top players and sent a second string side out to play the AB's and Aussies during the Tri Nations, because psycologically, it would not have been the same as it is now, having the edge after beating the "A" side, rather than a "B" one, so if the AB's wrap up the title this weekend should we not think about doing the same thing?

  • Reggy - 2010-08-02 09:25

    'All I want to say is that the ref was pathetic and that is why the AB's won. He clearly favoured them. Richie McCaw is a cheat and was cheating during the whole game and should have been sin-binned. ' To ALL SPRINGBOK supporters: No comments like the above today???? The AB's were simply awesome even with an SA ref!!!!.

  • Reggy - 2010-08-02 09:27

    'All I want to say is that the ref was pathetic and that is why the AB's won. He clearly favoured them. Richie McCaw is a cheat and was cheating during the whole game and should have been sin-binned. ' To ALL SPRINGBOK supporters: No comments like the above today???? The AB's were simply awesome even with an SA ref!!!!.

  • Reggy - 2010-08-02 09:27

    'All I want to say is that the ref was pathetic and that is why the AB's won. He clearly favoured them. Richie McCaw is a cheat and was cheating during the whole game and should have been sin-binned. ' To ALL SPRINGBOK supporters: No comments like the above today???? The AB's were simply awesome even with an SA ref!!!!.

  • Reggy - 2010-08-02 09:29

    'All I want to say is that the ref was pathetic and that is why the AB's won. He clearly favoured them. Richie McCaw is a cheat and was cheating during the whole game and should have been sin-binned. ' To ALL SPRINGBOK supporters: No comments like the above today???? The AB's were simply awesome even with an SA ref!!!!.

  • Rugby genius - 2010-08-02 09:31

    It was such a pleasure listening to un-biased Australian commentary, even questioning why Owen Franks was sent off and also the decision against Sam Whitelock for the so-called tip-tackle. Compare that commentary to the whining Bob Skinstad. Robbie Deans has also accepted the referess decisions and not had a little tiffy and moaned about some conspiracy theory. We could learn a lot from this.

  • ozzie - 2010-08-02 09:38

    He was clearly biased towards the AB's, some of his decisions were blatantly biased. Why is it that so mnay refs only have on eey open when it comes to Richie parrot Mcaw?

  • SG - 2010-08-02 09:42

    Why does Southern H refs handle NZ/AUS games and Northern H refs games where SA is involved? I note that Rolland again will ref in Soweto. Can anybody help?

  • @THE ALMIGHTY MAN - 2010-08-02 09:42

    No matter what pseudonym you write under, you still remain the same white-hating racist moron you have always been.

  • Ryan - 2010-08-02 09:50

    It seems to me that the refs or their governing body have met and decided to clean up dirty\spoiling\questionable play and get the game back to a clean slate. Obviously the Boks being one of the most physically intimidating and the Aussies (who have always played a game involving much rule bending) are going to get punished until they learn. If this is the case then I hope the nations were made well aware that there is a drive to clean up the game. In the end it may be all for the best ... a game without bullying, trying to get away with cheating etc may be a better one. Hopefully the Boks can rise to the new occasion and dominate again someday soon.

  • Gabba - 2010-08-02 09:55

    Well done Craig. It was an outstanding game. Good decisions and clearly you did not run on the field with the intention to get at a certain team or player but you just reffed the laws of the game and well explained when you red carded Drew Mitchell. Your best game by far and you are forgiven for your mistakes in the S14 Final.

  • Peter - 2010-08-02 10:12

    SA has the top referees in the world. If you look at the quality of our referees compared to the Northern Hem, Oz and NZ refs then ther is no comparison. But then I also would like to say that in every sport you get good refs and bad refs. The thing is that there are 400million refs in the world and 99.99% of them sit in front of the TV. The players must get on with the game and accept the decissions made whether bad or good. The IRB should get those highly paid executives of their's to do something about the refs. Why also do our current Springbok team windch so must about the refs. Get rid of the old school the coach and use the new blood or we will loose tham all to overseas club.

  • Alan - 2010-08-02 10:16

    We have good refs, wish I could say the same about our bok players. Looks like the All Blacks are again peaking in between world cups - good stuff

  • Zee - 2010-08-02 10:17

    Hoping SA can get a southern hemi ref for the home leg - northern hempisphere refs are completely clueless. At elast can we have some consistency in this department SANZAR? This is a southern hemisphere tournament so please let's leave the northerners to ref the heineken cup!

  • Albert Einstein - 2010-08-02 10:18

    Of cause will Henry praise him, the kiwis won. The kiwis will also win the Tri nations, but not the world cup.

  • Staalburgher - 2010-08-02 10:33

    Joubert's performance change nothing in fact it only highlights how inconsistent the Irish were. In general I am not in favour of such strict rules and so many yellow cards BUT at least he was fair to both sides! He did not card one and let the other get off scott free. Mitchell was just unlucky that he got carded twice and thus got a red. Still the type of infringements they want to penalise are things that will happen accidentally in the future. I cannot see how mistakes should result in a destroyed game via cards.

  • Frans - 2010-08-02 10:52

    Well, Well and another well. Listening to the commentary I can't believe my ears. All of a sudden it's right to send of people for the most ridiculous stuff. Being hardlined and plain spiteful is two total different things. Poor Mitchel was totally surprised because his "horrendous tackle" Ha! Ha! took place 2 minutes before Mr Wesses gave his rapport to Mr Joubert. Funny enough it happenned on Mr Kaplan's side of the pitch. Pure powder brush stuff. Remember Rugby is still a contact sport. I've got no problems with headbutts, Tip Tackles and Eye gouging etc. Ironic as it was one of the Aussies had his fingers in Mulliena's eyes, splashed openly in one of the Sunday papers, but no, lo and behold Franks and Mitchell's sins were dealt with in the most ridiculous way, taking any hope of a fair contest away, far away. I just wonder what was the difference between Correy Jane's slowing the play down, when he was penalised, penalty was reversed when Mitchell got sent off, and Mitchell's action rather nonchalant and yes maybe a bit stupid. Conrad Smith had no hope, in you know what. for a quick throw anyway. Please stop this silly stuff and lets not make Rugby the joke of the sporting codes.

  • MJ - 2010-08-02 11:09

    People are still blaming the refs... all I can do is stand in awe of these retards. For those who think NZ was somehow favoured in this game, realise that the the Aussies won more penalties against NZ in this game - they just squandered them all because they played like childeren. And as for this talk about peaking in between - NZ hasn't peaked - its just that the other sides are playing rubbish so they look infinitley better. In any case, its awfully superstitious to hope that the teams doing poorly this year will be the ones to beat next year - the ozzies have been playing crap rugby since 2004.

  • Jack - 2010-08-02 11:14

    All Blacks peaking at the wrong time again. I see the Boks with their third WC title in five attempts.

  • learn - 2010-08-02 11:23

    Yes, well done Graig Joubert..!! the Irish ref.. ...look and learn...

  • @Alan - 2010-08-02 11:23

    Who is saying the All Blacks are peaking,this is just the star of tinks to cum you chop

  • Cire - 2010-08-02 11:31

    I enjoyed listening to the excellent Australian commentary - Can you imagine a SA commentator saying a red card against one of his own players was "no problem - it was justified". I note that Robbie Deans and the rest of the Aussie team did not break down into abuse and tears. Great examples to follow for South Africans!

  • Salt in wounds - 2010-08-02 11:38

    This just gets worse.After pdv insulted the refs and the nzru,henry shows respect(yes they won)for the i miss the days of a intelligent coach who was respected by players and supporters.Kitch,jake....ummmm thats about it....markgraaff,streauli,pdv,malema should be sent to zim to serve mugabe in bad governance.i dont mind losing,but its the way we lose and the way we take the loss by insulting the rugby world and showing how backwad we are by selecting such a team and coach...Come srafu wake up now!

  • Kat - 2010-08-02 11:39

    The only reason henry is praising Joubert, is because he is 'brown nosing' his way into the hearts of all referring fraternity. What a jackass!! He will probably announce, once McCaw is eventually yellow carded for his cheating ways, that "oh my word, Richie you naughty boy - you deserved that yellow card..."" just to keep up appearances with the refs - idiot!!

  • JDB - 2010-08-02 11:44

    NZ en Frankryk alweer 'n jaar te vroeg!!! haha, nes die Ierland en Nz in 2006!!!

  • Piet Verdriet - 2010-08-02 11:46

    @SG. The answer is plain and simple - there are no quality refs in either New Zealand or in Australia. Just think back to the Super14 and the truth will dawn upon you!!!!!! The worst NH refs are streets better than anything coming out of NZ or AUS.

  • Don - 2010-08-02 11:57

    Reggie, besides repeating yourself your comments make no sense......what a lot of crap.

  • Retired Player - 2010-08-02 12:18

    The yellow card for slowing down play in the case of Drew Mitchell has been long overdue and needs to be applied more frequently especially when quick tap and go penalties are obstructed by the defending team. Further, is it not interesting to see how long it takes to place the ball when the carrier is tackled and how often the contact is maintained while shovelling it back. One other observation is how blatantly scrumhalves feed the ball in at an angle often nullifying the defending hooker and mandating a shove off the ball for posession?

  • groenbloed!! - 2010-08-02 13:41

    Why cant there be a fair consistent ref at a springbok game.....???are we asking too much.??..we a producing the best rugby players and now also referees in the world..

  • BC - 2010-08-02 14:11

    @KAT you may be right but I sure wish our coach could do a bit of that instead of what he does do!

  • CD - 2010-08-02 14:31

    Saffas still whinging about how they cant get a decent ref, the ref is a factor in the game no matter what. He doesnt favour one side or the other, otherwise he wont get another game. If your coach or your team, had any rugby nouse, then they would learn how to play the ref also. Grow up and quit whinging, its getting so old, face the facts, your not good enough this year.

  • Nick - 2010-08-02 15:01

    Why all the comments Craig is doing the job he is getting paid for - and that is to blow a game in accordance to the rules - being fair and objective to both sides -Its really concerning that we have to praise a ref for doing his job correctly - I agree with an earlier comment that refs will be deciding the outcomes of games in the future - The Irish refs are not being consistant as they try and impress good old Paddy !!!!!!!!!!!!! - the refs are sh..t scared to blow up the AB in case of falling out of favour.....

  • gfm - 2010-08-02 15:58

    funny how we don't hear ANY WHINING from the OZZIES in this - that's the spirit and funny how BOTH the AB's and Wallabies SCORED TRIES when dopwn to 14 players (Aus 14 agaibnst 15 in theirs!!) while all the Boks did was complain about it and use IT as the excuse for their pitioful performances - dread to think what the Boks would have siad if they were at the receiving end and it was a NZ ref???!! FUNNY THING THIS...........................

  • Tosstorie - 2010-08-02 16:32

    I smell a conspiracy theory coming on... Mmm

  • cp - 2010-08-02 20:36

    @gfm - quite simple really - can't complain when the ref is good and lacks bias. And refs the game the way the S14 was played.

  • Hannes from Perth - 2010-08-03 08:54

    The Wallabies shown the Boks how to loose with class. They played in the best test this far this year, the ball was seldom kicked and lots of tries scores. Even after the Walalbies had a player red carded for minor infringements they did not act out like bad losers. That is class! I hope the IRR get dirty and negative play outlawed so that the World Cup will be a fast flowing games with lots of tries. The Boks need to learn how to play that game or they will have to learn how to loose with class and dignity.