As the tension are mounting for the upcoming clash between the Springboks and the All Blacks on Saturday, a war of words has erupted between Steve Hansen and Rassie Erasmus.
Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus said that referees had so much respect for the All Blacks, the three-times world champions, that 50-50 decisions often fell in their favour.
His message to the French whistleblower came just two days after his assistant coach Mzwandile Stick appealed for “equal treatment” from Garces, and three days ahead of Saturday’s showdown in Yokohama, the most anticipated game of the pool stage.
In a response hitting back…
Hansen accused Erasmus of “trying to put pressure on the referee” after the Springbok coach led what appeared to be an orchestrated South African campaign targeting the match official.
But Hansen said it wouldn’t work, adding the referees “are not stupid people”.
Meanwhile the statistics seems to support the Springbok assessment that Jerome Garces might be biased against the Boks. The Springboks have only won 31% of their games under Garces.
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