In Cape Town the reigning world champions win the second test thanks to the goals in the second half of Mapimpi and Am. There were, however, controversial referees decisions, undeniable consequence of an irresponsible and ridiculous behavior of the two coaches Erasmus and Gatland
South Africa defeated the British & Irish Lions 27-9 in Cape Town in the second test, bringing the series back to 1-1. The last challenge of next week will therefore be decisive. A match unfortunately preceded by the now continuous complaints against the referees by the coaches and which is then lived on the edge of constant uncertainty making any episode controversial, with the referee and assistants constantly under pressure.
The score moves in the first 10 minutes with the two placed by Handre Pollard and Dan Biggar. Between 16 ‘and 19’ the sequence is repeated: the Welshman hits the posts, but not the South African. Also during this match, as in the first, a practical response was staged to the useless, silly criticisms that the coaches are now used to throwing at the referees before the matches, clearly in order to influence their behavior. By getting back the opposite result and thus making a fool of himself.
Warren Gatland, the boss of the Lions, was the first to ridicule himself, criticizing the replacement of the Tmo for the series, a role entrusted to the South African Marius Jonker, only to have to witness during the first test a couple of decidedly controversial decisions and always in favor of his team. This time, to go against all the principles that would impose respect when it comes to referees, it was Rassie Erasmus, the world champion coach and now switched to the role of director of rugby of South Africa, who turned to the video for 62 uninterrupted this week. minutes to talk about the refereeing of Australian Nic Berry. And today the answer came in the 24th minute of the first half, when the referee, the New Zealander Ben O’Keeffe, pardoned the South African winger Cheslin Kolbe for a very dangerous intervention in the air on the Irish scrum half Conor Murray: he deserved the red, only got a yellow card (to mitigate, the fact that the South African looks at the ball, but the foul is very serious). Kolbe, 2 minutes earlier, had suffered a dangerous tackle by opposing winger Duan van der Merwe, for a yellow card in that sacrosanct case. Not to mention the many difficult decisions to make that have put the entire refereeing package under great pressure. Erasmus, who continues to go to the field dressed as a waterboy and who therefore uses the breaks to bring tactical messages (by regulation he can do so since he does not have a qualification as a technician within the staff of coach Jacques Nienaber, quite another matter if we talk about spirit of the game), he may have hit the spot, from his point of view, but the modality, like what Gatland did or what often happens with another great coach like Eddie Jones, remains vulgar.
Fortunately, in the midst of so much unnecessary chaos, some flashes of spectacle can be seen on the pitch. The South Africans offer it in the 45th minute: deep ruck in the 22 opponents, five-a-side football to cross Pollard’s line, ball collected on the left by Makazole Mapimpi avoiding an opponent, jumps two others, returning to the right and lands over the line for overtaking. (Pollard, however, misses the transformation). Biggar misses the placement of the possible counter-overtake and in the 60 ‘comes the perhaps decisive punishment: the forwards drag the Lions defense to the height of 5 meters, Faf de Klerk pulls the ball out and with a diabolical grubber sends it behind the red wall , with Lukhanyo Am reaching her before she goes off the pitch to crush her, even though the referee isn’t sure if the center maintains control of the ball. The Tmo, however, says yes, the goal is validated and Pollard transforms it for 18-9. Between 70 ‘and 80’ Pollard slips the three places that sanction the final 27-9.
July 31, 2021 (change July 31, 2021 | 22:25)
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