Rassie Erasmus Springboks Test Ireland

South African coach Rassie Erasmus. Image: @Springboks/Twitter

Rassie Erasmus accused of having ‘sociopathic obsession’

An overseas-based writer has slammed Rassie Erasmus for playing a ‘wicked game’ after posting another video related to officiating.

Rassie Erasmus Springboks Test Ireland

South African coach Rassie Erasmus. Image: @Springboks/Twitter

This past weekend, Rassie Erasmus put an undeniable spotlight on officiating discrepancies during Saturday’s Test between Ireland and the Springboks.

On Saturday, Eramus had made his first return to the international matchday venue after serving out the final portion of his World Rugby ban in relation to his infamous officiating video that was leaked during the 2021 British & Irish Lions series. In the end, Ireland beat the Springboks 19-16 (half-time 6-6) in a hard-fought Test match at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday evening.

Yet, certain refereeing decisions were once again hotly debated as the home team certainly seemed to get the rub of the green on some occasions, with questionable passes picked up by fans – but not the officials – in the lead-up to two Ireland tries.

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Soon after the match, Rassie also posted a video on social media highlighting two similar incidents which were handled differently by referee Nika Amashukeli.

The first came in the build-up to Ireland’s second try, when it appeared that the ball was kicked out of a Springbok breakdown by an Irish player, but the infringement wasn’t picked up on.

In the second incident, the ball is kicked out of an Ireland breakdown in similar fashion, although this time the Springboks are penalised.

Taking to Twitter, Erasmus pointed out these “small margins” in what was a post with clear subtext.

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The messaging from the director of rugby has not been well received by many overseas-based pundits, and in a comment article written by The Telegraph‘s Charles Richardson, the headline reads: “Rassie Erasmus is up to his old, wicked tricks with referees.”

Another section of the article suggests: “South Africa director of rugby’s sour tweet about Mack Hansen’s decisive try for Ireland borders on sociopathic obsession!”

It’s further suggested that Erasmus “would be better focusing on his team’s shortcomings than railing against marginal refereeing calls”.

Another paragraphs insists that “it is a wicked game that Erasmus plays. He knows that global referees, if they are unfortunate enough to see his Twitter activity, might now think twice about making the big calls against South Africa for fear of the public ignominy. Referees must be strong in the face of this insidiousness”.

Meanwhile, former Ireland flanker Stephen Ferris has also said that Rassie is “letting himself down” with his social media postings about the decisions of officials during games.

“I think the whole refereeing scandal around the Lions tour was really below the belt,” Ferris commented. “I think a lot of people, rugby fans in particular, lost a bit of respect for Rassie Erasmus.

“He sort of has this habit, this personality, of swinging people around again because he is a very likeable guy. He’s very charismatic, he talks a very good game. I think he just lets himself down at time with these kind of Twitter outbursts.”

You can see the video posted by Rassie Erasmus below.

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“I’ll never blame the ref,” Springbok captain Siya Kolisi said post-match. “Both tries were checked [by the TMO] and then there’s nothing else you can do. I thought he was fair and Ireland played very well.”

These sentiments were echoed by coach Jacques Nienaber, who also said the team would continue to work on improving their goal-kicking, which proved costly on Saturday.

“We’re working on it. We and the players measure their goalkicking, so they know at what percentage they’re kicking at during the week. It’s tough, in some instances a miss is actually a kick that hits the posts. It is what it is. None of the goalkickers go out there to miss a goal.

“Johnny (Sexton) didn’t try to miss his first conversion, for example, but the key is he nailed the big ones and we didn’t. I’ll never blame a player for that. They must just keep working on it, which they are.”  

*Let us know in the comments how you rated the referee Nika Amashukeli and his assistants

You can also check out this video below which provided a detailed and largely critical view:

As a result of Saturday’s defeat, the Boks have slipped to fourth in the World Rugby rankings.

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SPRINGBOKS WILL NEXT FACE FRANCE

It was Ireland’s seventh win over the reigning world champion Springboks in the last 11 Tests dating back to 2004.

Ireland extended their lead atop the World Rugby standings by 0.60 points, while the Springboks lost an equal number of points and dropped to fourth.

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The Springboks will next be in action against France in Marseille next Saturday, 12 November.

Kick-off is at 22:00 (SA time).

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