Coetzee, Burger escape censure

Stormers duo Allister Coetzee and Schalk Burger won’t face a hearing for slamming Super 14 final referee Craig Joubert.

The Stormers coach and captain both had an open go at Joubert following Saturday’s decider in Soweto. Burger complained that Joubert coached the Bulls, but penalised the Stormers at the breakdown, while Coetzee also lamented the official’s inconsistency.

Burger said he wouldn’t normally criticise a referee, but suggested that the criticism was justified. Saru manager of referees Andre Watson told this website on Monday that Joubert had blown the game fairly, and even supplied some statistics to support the referee.

Despite the Stormers’ outburst, Saru has decided not to refer the matter to Sanzar.