SANZAR has issued a formal warnings to both Waratahs head coach Michael Cheika and referee Jaco Peyper following an inappropriate exchange between the two.
SANZAR confirmed in a statement on Thursday that it received a formal complaint in regard to the alleged conduct of Cheika, following the Waratahs v Blues match played at Allianz Stadium on Saturday 28 March.
After undertaking a thorough investigation, including receiving statements from all parties involved, it was determined that Cheika had approached match referee Peyper in front of the other match officials to seek clarification on a scrum interpretation during the half time break.
In a short and polite exchange that took place in the referee's change room, Peyper responded to Cheika's request for clarification. No other issues were discussed. Both Cheika and Peyper have subsequently acknowledged this exchange should not have taken place and apologised.
According to SANZAR, there is no evidence that the referee was influenced by the exchange in his handling of the match, nor in the circumstances has there been a breach of the SANZAR Code of Conduct and no further action will be taken.
SANZAR has issued formal warnings to both Cheika and Peyper and has written to all referees and coaches, reminding them that no discussions should take place between the match officials and coaches during a match.