Director of rugby within the South African Federation, Rassie Erasmus took advantage of a compliment made to the French referee Mathieu Raynal to address a spade to the Springboks.
Rassie Erasmus has once again been talked about. Coach of the Springboks world champions in 2019, the technician has since given way to Jacques Nienaber to remain director of rugby within the South African Federation (SA Rugby). Nevertheless, the native of Despatch has for several years the annoying tendency to openly criticize the referees. Which earned him several sanctions from World Rugby, especially last November after dissecting on the social network Twitter the performance of Wayne Barnes during the defeat of the South African selection against the XV of France.
Rassie Erasmus was then given a two-week suspension. Nic Berry had previously been the victim of the wrath of the former Springboks coach. However, in the wake of the setback conceded by the reigning world champions against New Zealand this Saturday in the Rugby Championship, the tone was quite different.
His performance was much better than ours https://t.co/NTzIHkjUfw
— Rassie Erasmus (@RassieRugby) July 15, 2023
Erasmus for once positive with a referee
A few minutes after the final whistle, the South African magazine IN Rugby Magazine questioned the performance of French referee Mathieu Raynal, in charge of the match this Saturday at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland. The opportunity was too good for Rassie Erasmus, who did not hesitate to answer this question a few hours after the publication of the message. On this occasion, it was the Springboks who drew the wrath of their former coach.
« His performance was much better than ours ” thus affirmed Rassie Erasmus, who strongly criticized a team which, if it managed to score three tries at the All Blacks, suffered a heavy defeat (35-20) which erases the good impression left last weekend during success at home against Australia. The pressure is thus maximum on the men of Jacques Nienaberwho will have to react next weekend during the reception of Argentina, who surprised by dominating the Wallabies this Saturday.