Keo.co.za brings you the latest news from the Tri-Nations.
PdV punishment deferred
A verdict in the misconduct charge against Bok coach Peter de Villiers has been deferred until Monday.
De Villiers was in the dock for comments made on the recent tour to Australasia. The Bok coach suggested the calls didn’t go South Africa’s way in their matches against New Zealand because of the World Cup in that country next year.
‘The judicial officer advised us that he is going to consider his judgment and let us know by the latest beginning of next week,’ Andy Marinos, national team manager, told reporters.
Paddy demands Dwyer apology
IRB referees chief Paddy O’Brien wants Bob Dwyer to apologise for suggesting that he’s biased towards the All Blacks.
Dwyer said O’Brien, who hails from New Zealand, only complains about refereeing performances when the All Blacks are on the wrong end of the stick. O’Brien is now planning to take Dwyer to court over the comment.
Wallabies to clear out ‘cheats’
Rocky Elsom says the only way to stop the All Blacks from slowing down breakdown ball is to clear them out.
Bob Dwyer said during the week that the All Blacks always cheat in this area, and there’s a a large sector of the rugby community that believes referees should be harsher on the Kiwis. Elsom isn’t hoping for any favours from the referee this weekend.
‘It’s definitely an issue for us, just bodies around the ruck,’ he told stuff.co.nz. ‘It slows down our attacking ball and we’re going to have to address that.
‘We’ve got to move those bodies as best we can. Whenever they’re on our side or attacking the ball we’ve got to make sure that space is clear for Willie [halfback Will Genia] to get out and do what he does best.’
Meanwhile, All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw shrugged off cheating jibes and said slowing down the ruck recycle was part of the game.
‘I think players are looking for ways they can have a bigger influence and from our point of view we’re always looking at ways we can put heat on their ball, stop them getting quick ball and making sure we win ours.
‘[The criticism] goes with the territory I suppose. I don’t read too much into it. I think for the most part this year we’ve got things reasonably good and we’ve got the ball we wanted to play with.’