Jaco Peyper has been accused of giving the All Blacks preferential treatment.
Although the All Blacks were the dominant team and well worth their 36-22 victory over Wales this morning, match official, Jaco Peyper, drew particular criticism from rugby fans in the aftermath of the game.
Midway through the first half, New Zealand winger, Waisake Naholo, clearly tackled Liam Williams in the air.
Rather than issuing a card to the Kiwi culprit, Peyper opted for for a penalty which could be construed either way as justifiable or not.
Following this decision the South African referee could be seen on camera approaching New Zealand captain Kieran Read and evidently seeking the number 8’s approval regarding the decision as he asked the Crusader “are you happy with that”.
In what was a bizarre verbal exchange between the two, fans were evidently and reasonably angered by Peyper’s remarks as it was a clear lack of objectivity and bias on the South Africa’s part and does not denote a fair and level playing field of justice for both teams.
While the referee’s performance had by no means a determining influence on the game’s outcome as the All Blacks deservedly claimed the series victory, it does not speak well for the game of rugby with such elite referee’s at the highest echelon of the game operating with such seeming bias.
Fans took to social media so as to subjugate their dismay with Peyper’s ‘behaviour’:
I sincerely hope the significance of Peyper’s “are you happy with that?” to Read isn’t overlooked.
— Dave Lockyer (@dailockyer) June 18, 2016
How was that not a yellow card? Then asking Read if he’s happy with that? #NZLvWAL
— Mark McIlveen (@markilveen) June 18, 2016
— Tom May (@TomMay1) June 18, 2016
Deference refs show to All Blacks unreal. Asks Read ‘are you happy with that?’ after failing to give his winger a card #NZLvWAL
— Hywel Robson-Kanu (@HywelRoberts2) June 18, 2016
Had to be yellow card & then ref asks Read is he happy with that? Wales can feel hard done by there for sure #NZLvWAL
— Colm Kinsella (@ckSportLeader) June 18, 2016
By the way, why would Peyper ask Read “are you happy with that?” That level of preferential treatment is unacceptable
— Aron Treharne (@arontreharne) June 18, 2016