Kolisi backs ranting Rassie, but disagrees on one key area
By Rugby Onslaught

Kolisi backs ranting Rassie, but disagrees on one key area

Springboks captain Siya Kolisi has agreed with his director of rugby Rassie Erasmus that he was not treated fairly by referee Nic Berry last week compared to British & Irish Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones.

Speaking before the second Test this Saturday at Cape Town Stadium, which is a must-win for the Springboks, Kolisi echoed what Erasmus said in his hour long epic video which was shared on Thursday.

“I didn’t feel respected at all,” the World Cup winning captain said. “I didn’t feel I was given a fair opportunity.

“I’m looking forward to a new game, it’s a new referee and I’m looking forward to it. I think Ben [O’Keefe] will give a fair opportunity for both captains and that’s all is asked for.”

South Africa assistant coach Mzwandile Stick added to this by saying Warren Gatland “destroyed the integrity of the series” by questioning the neutrality of the TMO in the first Test South African Marius Jonker.

The key difference is that Kolisi has shown confidence in referee Ben O’Keefe for tomorrow’s match while Erasmus has questioned it. He has not directly disagreed with the appointment of O’Keefe, who is from New Zealand like Gatland, but did the modern equivalent of doing so which is to say that they are not going to talk about how unfair it is, which is effectively saying how unfair it is.

The talking may be over with regards to last week’s refereeing performance and the one to come, but one thing is for certain, there will be a lot of pressure on O’Keefe tomorrow.