Rassie Erasmus has made an hour-long video in which he points out multiple questionable refereeing decisions in the Springboks’ first test against the Lions.
The South Africa director of rugby said he has made the video with the intention of ensuring that the Springboks get an “equal chance” against the British and Irish Lions in the do-or-die second test.
Erasmus has claimed that South Africa’s players were not shown the same level of respect as Lions players were in the first test, and suggested that he would be willing to play no further part in the test series.
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The Springboks boss hits out at the ‘comical’ lack of respect shown to his players.
“The Lions only comes around every 12 years and I think it should be fair that I’ll step away from these last two Test matches,” Erasmus said, via the BBC.
“But let the Springboks and the Lions have an equal chance on the field when it comes to laws, respect, the way players are treated, what is said in the coaches’ pre-match meeting with the referees, how they give feedback post-match and how things are said in the media.
“It’s comical the respect the [officials] showed towards the South African players compared to the Lions players. There was a vast difference between who he was taking serious and who he wasn’t taking serious.”
Rassie Erasmus suggest that he will walk away from the Springboks.
The public video, which is highly unusual for a person within a national team’s set-up, is sure to put even more pressure on the officiating team this weekend, after earlier complaints about South African TMO Marius Jonker.
Erasmus ended the video by arguing that there was nothing wrong with him acting as a water carrier in recent times, and that he would step away from the Springboks’ management if governing body World Rugby asked him to.
“If you think this was going over the top, and this shouldn’t go out to the media, then I did this in my personal capacity, and not as part of the Springboks, and I will withdraw myself from the Springbok management team,” Erasmus said.