SA Rugby’s Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus has posted a few of his thoughts about the refereeing in the first Test of the British & Irish Lions Tour which the Springboks lost 17-22 in Cape Town, South Africa.
In an hour-long video, uploaded by Darren Carlson to YouTube, the former Springboks coach aired his grievances before saying he would step away for the remainder of the tour. Erasmus said:
“I’ll step away from the last two Test matches, but let the Springboks and the Lions have an equal chance on the field when it comes to laws, respect, the way players get treated, what is said in a pre-match coaches meeting with the referees, how they give feedback post that, and how things get said in the media.”
According to Reuters, “the Boks and Lions have each repeatedly voiced their displeasure at the officiating for the three-test tour, starting before the series began and leading to growing tensions between the two camps’ officials.”
WATCH VIDEO: Rassie Erasmus’ thoughts on the past week of the Lions Tour