Rassie Erasmus Springboks Test Ireland

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

WATCH: Rassie takes subtle dig at officials with another video

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

Rassie Erasmus Springboks Test Ireland

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

On Saturday, Rassie Eramus 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 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.

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.

It was a difficult Test for South Africa’s goal-kickers with Damian Willemse enduring an off-night and Cheslin Kolbe faring little better.

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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