Lawrence did not call breakdown as he should have, says Andre Watson

2011-10-12 00:00

CAPE TOWN — South African referees manager André Watson says he was surprised by New Zealand referee Bryce Lawrence’s performance in the World Cup quarter-final.

Speaking to 567 Cape Talk Radio yesterday afternoon, Watson admitted Lawrence’s handling of the breakdown area in the clash between the Springboks and the Wallabies baffled him.

“His opening game [at the World Cup] was outstanding. I had no problem with his appointment,” he said.“But he allowed a free-for-all.”

This meant Australian fetcher David Pocock was able to have a field day in disrupting the Springboks’ flow. “It’s not what you would expect from a referee of his calibre. He didn’t referee the breakdown the way he was supposed to. He just didn’t step in,” Watson said.

Despite the IRB announcing that no official action will be taken against Lawrence, Watson believes Lawrence will be hauled over the coals behind the scenes. “… I do not believe we will see him in any Rugby World Cup [ever] again,” said Watson. He also said the SA referees association will aim to take action against Lawrence.

“It’s done and dusted now, but we will be taking action. We want to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

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