1 Sep 2009

De Villiers questions IRB referee's boss

6:44 pm on 1 September 2009

The Springbok rugby coach Peter de Villiers has petitioned IRB referee manager Paddy O'Brien to explain where South Africa infringed and why they were penalised so heavily against Australia in Perth on Saturday.

South Africa won the Tri-Nations match 32-25, but after leading by a record 19-point margin with less than ten minutes to play, they were dumbfounded at a penalty count leaning 14-5 in Australia's favour.

Most of the penalties, awarded by New Zealander Bryce Lawrence, were at scrum-time.

The Springboks, nevertheless, scored two of their four tries off a first phase platform, and De Villiers was eager to know why their scrum was blown so heavily.

De Villiers said he had emailed O'Brien asking what went wrong in the scrums, because the management have studied the scrums and do not know where the problem was.

The Springboks and wallabies meet again this weekend in Brisbane.