Watson’s on the whistle

Andre Watson has vowed to make his South African referees more accountable by formalising post-match referee press conferences.

Watson, South Africa’s best referee until his retirement a season ago, heads up the South African referees portfolio and he confirmed that referees would front the media in this season’s Currie Cup competition.

Watson added that he wanted the system to be introduced in Super 14, but that New Zealand and Australia were not supportive. He felt getting referees to face the media would take perception out of the equation and give the referee a platform in which to explain decisions.

Go Wattie!