Rassie calls for consistency

Bryan Habana’s last-minute try in Bloemfontein last Friday should not have been awarded, according to Cheetahs coach Rassie Erasmus.

With the siren having gone, the Bulls tried to intercept a Cheetahs pass only to knock it forward and lose possession. Referee Mark Lawrence played advantage to the Cheetahs, who took the ball through three phases behind the advantage line, before Willem de Waal’s pass was intercepted by Habana. Lawrence – who at no point shouted “advantage over” – awarded the Bulls try, which cost the Cheetahs a vital bonus point.

“I think Mark made a mistake,” Erasmus said on Boots & All. “In the first half, we knocked on and the Bulls took the ball through three phases before kicking 70m. Bevin Fortuin caught the ball on our 22m, but play was called back for a Bulls scrum.

“All we ask for is consistency. The reality is that there are good refs and bad refs, and the more capable refs make fewer mistakes. We got some bad calls last Friday, but we also got some good ones, and I think they cancel each other out in the end.”

Erasmus also commented on the Australian players’ survey, which claimed the Cheetahs would finish last in the Vodacom Super 14.

“If we held a survey in South Africa, our players would probably vote for the Force [to come last],” he said. “They would never vote for one of their teams and when they looked at the Cheetahs squad – and the lack of big names – they probably thought we were the obvious choice. We’re not going to judge them for it, it’s up to us to go out their and play good rugby.”