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Former Bok coach still can't forgive & forget Ref


Former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers

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Article Published: Monday 23 April 2012


Former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has launched another attack on New Zealand referee Bryce Lawrence who oversaw South Africa's exit at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

The Springboks dominated possession in their Rugby World Cup quarter final against Australia but were unable to score more than three penalties and lost the match 11-9.

The Rugby World Cup quarter final exit brought an end to the Springboks reign as World Champions and De Villiers' career as Springbok coach and De Villiers and his captain John Smit both criticised the referee after the match.

Seven months later De Villiers has again slammed the New Zealand referee for his performance and says he cannot forgive the man that he decribes as being "cocky, arrogant and sly".

"Bryce Lawrence makes, on average, six mistakes a game, which is a good average for a referee," said De Villiers.

"In that game he made 48 mistakes, six of which were match-costing," he told TimesLive.

De Villiers has refused to accept the apology that Lawrence offered after the Springboks quarter final exit.

"So, Bryce mumbled an apology to the world. This means nothing!"

"Did he really apologise for exactly what he did?"

"He needs to tell South Africa exactly what it is that he is apologising for.

"For match-fixing? For inefficiency? For what?"

"How am I supposed to forgive him if I don't know exactly what for?"

De Villiers is said to have approached the South African Rugby Union (SARU) about possible work last week as he is not currently working.

The former Bok coach says that he gained valuable experience during his time with the Springboks which could be useful for the game in South Africa.

"I feel a bit useless at the moment," said De Villiers.

"Sitting back home and nobody shows interest in trying to draw from experience that I do have." he added.

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