Campo slams “unknown” ref

Sharks skills coach David Campese believes referee Willie Roos panicked when he disallowed a try from Warren Britz against the Stormers last weekend.

The Sharks could only score three tries in their 24-17 victory, and missed out on the crucial bonus point that could cost them a place in the semi-finals. Britz went over early in the match, but the decision was referred to the TMO who claimed he couldn’t see the ball. The Sharks believe Roos should have asked if there was a reason why he couldn’t award the try.

“The referee just panicked after Britzie scored,” Campo told Daily News rugby writer Zayn Nabbi. “All he had to do was ask the linesman and just go round the side to see that Britzie had planted the ball down. I was behind the poles and I could see the try being scored.

“Who is this guy Willie Roos? I’ve never heard of him or seen him before yet he referees a high-profile game between the Sharks and Stormers,” he continued. “The Brumbies are the ones laughing the loudest because this referee cost the Sharks a bonus point and possibly destroyed our chances of making the semis.”

Campo said the Sharks would have to be at their best if they wanted to beat the Force, who are coming off the back of their first win of the season.

“The Force have nothing to lose and what makes them dangerous is that they’ve got the taste of victory,” he said. “The Force are playing some of their best rugby and what makes the game difficult is that now it is near the end of the season and most teams are playing their best rugby.”