Springbok captain John Smit has accused rugby’s authorities of double standards when it comes to disciplinary punishment.
Both camps have had plenty to say since last Saturday’s first Test, which left Smit with a groin injury after he was spear-tackled by Brad Thorn.
The All Blacks lock was subsequently banned for this weekend’s game in Dunedin, while Smit, who heads back to South Africa on Wednesday to recuperate, will miss the remainder of the tour.
Smit was still fuming as he spoke to the media before departing from the New Zealand capital.
“Yes, I’m angry. I’m really not happy about having to sit in South Africa and watch the Springboks beat the All Blacks in Dunedin. Just imagine Bakkies Botha doing something similar to Richie McCaw. World rugby would have come to a standstill.
“I was suspended for six weeks after a Test match in France for running into someone with my elbow held in front of me. It was not nearly as nasty as what happed to me last Saturday.
“A few seasons ago, Graham Henry asked everyone not to tackle Richie McCaw. Now Richie is injured and Henry is asking everyone not to tackle Dan Carter. If everyone can only realise no one is above the rugby laws, we can all move forward.”
Smit will now miss out on an opportunity to beat the All Blacks in New Zealand, something he has failed to to do in his illustrious career.
“It’s been a great ambition of mine to beat the All Blacks in New Zealand. Now I have to wait another year. And with two Test matches in New Zealand, this was an ideal opportunity. We came here to win both matches, not only to win a Test in New Zealand. So far we have failed, but there is another opportunity.”