SuperRugby Unlocked Review – Poor Referees Cost Teams And Players

Unfortunately, the attention once again during the weekends Super Rugby Unlocked games was the quality of the refereeing or the lack thereof. The Pumas was robbed from a well-deserved win while we lost the Springbok captain and Eddie Fouche from the Pumas after they were injured in red card offences that were just allowed.

We also ask if civil actions for loss of income is not the way to stop substandard refereeing.

The two Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked matches that were played this weekend could not have been more different, with the Vodacom Bulls laying down a marker in Pretoria on Saturday, and the DHL Stormers sneaking through in Nelspruit on Friday.

The third match, between the Emirates Lions and Toyota Cheetahs that was scheduled to take place in Johannesburg on Saturday, was called off. If the fixture cannot be-rescheduled, both teams will take two log points.

As a result of the Vodacom Bulls’ dominant 41-14 victory over the Cell C Sharks at Loftus Versfeld, the men from Pretoria have shot to the top of the standings with 10 points from three games. The Toyota Cheetahs are second on nine points from their two games.

The DHL Stormers, who were behind on the scoreboard for more than 70 minutes against a plucky Phakisa Pumas outfit at the Mbombela Stadium on Friday evening but snuck a win with a flurry of converted tries at the end, occupy the third spot on eight points.

The win for the Capetonians ensured that they remained one of only two unbeaten teams in the competition after the first three rounds of play. The other team is the Toyota Cheetahs.