Tuesday, 30 June 2009


OK, time now for my tuppence ha'penny's worth on Saturday's Lions Test.

First things first. I missed the game owing to commitments at aforementioned kids' school summer fĂȘte. Idiot.

From what I have seen and read it was an enthralling epic of a game.

After a hugely committed and brave performance from the Lions I think we can safely say that pride is restored after the 2005 fiasco in New Zealand.

The scoreboard doesn't lie - ultimately the Boks deserve their series victory.

Turning to the gouging issue, let's set aside the actions of Mr Burger (utterly appalling) and the match officials (utterly gutless) and the disciplinary committee (utterly inadequate) - the most sickening aspect of this affair is undoubtedly the utterly shameful behaviour of South African coach Peter de Villiers since the match concluded.

De Villiers comments that gouging was "part of sport" and that if we were "going to complain about every incident we might as well go to a ballet shop and all get tutus and get a great dancing show on for all to see that has no eye-gouging, no tackling, no nothing and we can all in enjoy it" were utterly unacceptable and bring the game into disrepute.

The SARU have apologised but it is not enough. Mr de Villiers should make a full public apology or resign.


Leg Break said...

I would agree with what you’re saying TF but...

Does anyone really take De Villiers seriously?

I’m convinced he’s been put in that job purely to entertain the rest of us.

Nursedude said...

Flanker, it WAS a great game. The Lions played with great heart, and for the first time in this tour, the front row played really well against the Boks. Sad that both props got knocked out of the game.

How does somebody only get a yellow card for a blatent eye gouge? The French Referree seemed to be looking to Lawrence the Linesman for guidance.

The game really changed when the Boks brought in both Roussow and Morne Steyn.

I think that Lions fans can take much more heart out of this compared to the debacle in New Zealand four years ago.

This was probably one of the best games I have seen in the past year, right up there with Munster-All Blacks, Cardiff-Leicester, France-Wales, and Wales-Irleland.