Joost van der Westhuizen has finally spoken out on his trophy blunder in Rustenburg.
The SuperSport commentator embarrassingly gave the Freedom Cup to a bemused John Smit, even though the All Blacks had won the series 2-1.
Bok PR manager Anne-Lee Murray quickly alerted the former Bok scrumhalf to his mistake and the trophy was presented off-air to Richie McCaw.
Van der Westhuizen said it had been SuperSport’s fault, not his.
“I just did what I was told to do,” he told Beeld on Friday.
He added he had only been told to do the interviews with the two captains and Man of the Match Pierre Spies. But then he was told through his earpierce that King Leruo Molotlegi had the Freedom Cup and it must be given to Smit.
The blunder has been reported around the world, with the Sydney Morning Herald referring to SuperSport as “idiots” and commentator Garth Wright as a “fan with a microphone”.
Wright couldn’t hide his delight at the Bok win when interviewing Mils Muliaina. â€œIâ€™m sorry for you, but for the Springboks weâ€™re happy,â€ he told the fullback before turning back to the camera. â€œWell thatâ€™s Mils Muliaina â€¦ let me tell you something, he looks a little disappointed, he should be disappointed. I want to tell you, Iâ€™m so happy for the Springboks, Iâ€™m happy for South Africa.â€
PS. For the record Joost, the Wallabies have already won the Mandela Plate, so please make sure George Gregan gets it at Ellis Park – no matter what the result.