Stormers boss upset with Berry

Date published: April 18 2016

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Western Province Rugby Union president Thelo Wakefield believes the Stormers were "robbed" by the referee in their 29-22 loss to the Lions.

While he didn't name names, Wakefield took to Facebook after his side's defeat at Ellis Park to make a point about the 'man in the middle', with the referee for Saturday's Super Rugby derby clash being South African Stuart Berry.

"I really cannot describe the atmosphere in the change room. Sadness. Disappointment, Robbed!!! We remain gracious in defeat. I have never felt so sad. Have good night’s rest 'Man in the middle'," he wrote before adding to his voice in an interview printed in the Cape Times on Sunday.

"Your hands are tied when it comes to this sort of thing. You have respect the rules of Saru," he said.

"But the referees are always protected, much better than the rhino. For them to admit that they are wrong is like paying a traffic fine – an admission of guilt.

"It's always been the Stormers’ motto that if we win we are humble in victory, but if we lose we are gracious in defeat. We don’t get big-headed and we take our punches like men.

"But how long can you keep quiet about these sorts of things?"

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