Under-fire Stormers fullback Werner Greeff has defended his decision to kick for touch after the full-time siren had gone against the Waratahs.
The Stormers were trailing by six points after a late try from Sam Norton-Knight, and the 36 000 Newlands fans booed Greeff when he failed to keep the ball in hand.
“I was on the goal-line. There were four Waratahs bearing down on me. It would have been suicidal to run,” Greeff told Cape Times rugby writer Stephen Nell. “It’s sad that one week you get purple prose and the next you are treated as if you slept with your sister.
“People don’t always understand the bigger picture,” said Greeff. “The plan in the second half was to play in their territory so obviously we had to kick more. We had a game plan that worked. When it came off against the Cats nothing was deemed to be wrong and then when we lost against the Waratahs I’m branded an idiot.”
Greeff also had a kick charged down, which led to the Waratahs first try.
“Maybe I should have kept the ball. The fact is, though, that the touch judge said that it was off-side and the referee chose to ignore that. But I will take it on the chin.”
The former Bok No 15 also questioned the rugby knowledge of the Newlands crowd.
“Every person has an opinion and I respect that, but it’s unfair of people to make ridiculous statements. The ones that do probably didn’t even play club rugby. People who boo don’t know anything. Those who understand the finer points are the ones that come back every weekend. It’s unethical to boo.”