Planet Rugby

Drotske slams referee's decisions

23rd March 2014 09:48

Share:

Francisco Pastrana referee Blues v Cheetahs SR 2014

In the firing line: Referee Francisco Pastrana

The Cheetahs are demanding an explanation from referees boss Lyndon Bray after two controversial decisions in their loss to the Blues in Auckland on Saturday.

The Bloemfontein-based outfit's outrage comes after Bray, the SANZAR referees co-ordinator warned officials they had to be accountable and faced being dropped for making blunders.

The Cheetahs' defeat left the South African franchise winless on their Australasian tour and last in the competition after four away matches.

Coach Naka Drotske believes two rulings by Argentine referee Francisco Pastrana - one in favour of a try to the Blues and the other a yellow card against the Cheetahs - cost his side their best chance of a win on tour.

Both decisions came in quick succession after the score was locked at 13-13 midway through the first half and resulted in a 17-point burst for the Blues who raced to a 30-13 lead while the Cheetahs were a man down.

Flanker Boom Prinsloo was sent to the sin bin when the Cheetahs were desperately defending and Pastrana then went against the advice of the television match official (TMO) when he awarded a try to Blues centre George Moala.

"In my opinion it wasn't a yellow card," Drotske said.

"Two crucial decisions really cost us. The yellow card, and the double-movement (for Moala's try) where the TMO clearly said it was a double-movement and the referee overruled him.

"If you want to overrule the TMO it's got to be clear and obvious. If that wasn't a double-movement I don't understand the rule. I'll definitely follow the channels and talk to Lyndon Bray."

Bray's warning for referees to raise their standards came after he upheld complaints by Blues coach John Kirwan about match-changing decisions against his side during their recent two-game tour to South Africa.

  • Super Rugby Fixtures
  • Super Rugby Results
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Super Rugby
Saturday , August 2
Waratahs 33 - 32 CrusadersWaratahs vs Crusaders Report
Saturday , July 26
Waratahs 26 - 8 BrumbiesWaratahs vs Brumbies Report
Crusaders 38 - 6 SharksCrusaders vs Sharks Report
Saturday , July 19
Brumbies 32 - 30 ChiefsBrumbies vs Chiefs Report
Sharks 31 - 27 HighlandersSharks vs Highlanders Report
Saturday , July 12
Crusaders 34 - 8 HighlandersCrusaders vs Highlanders Report
Reds 3 - 34 WaratahsReds vs Waratahs Report
Lions 60 - 25 CheetahsLions vs Cheetahs Report
Stormers 10 - 34 SharksStormers vs Sharks Report
Friday , July 11
Blues 8 - 11 ChiefsBlues vs Chiefs Report
More Super Rugby results
  • Super Rugby Table
Super Rugby Table
PosTeamPPts
1Waratahs1658
2Crusaders1651
3Sharks1650
4Brumbies1645
5Chiefs1644
6Highlanders1642
7Hurricanes1641
8Western Force1640
9Bulls1638
10Blues1637
11Stormers1632
12Lions1631
13Reds1628
14Cheetahs1624
15Melbourne Rebels1621
Australian Conference
Super Rugby Table
PosTeamPPts
1Waratahs1658
2Brumbies1645
3Western Force1640
4Reds1628
5Melbourne Rebels1621
New Zealand Conference
Super Rugby Table
PosTeamPPts
1Crusaders1651
2Chiefs1644
3Highlanders1642
4Hurricanes1641
5Blues1637
South African Conference
Super Rugby Table
PosTeamPPts
1Sharks1650
2Bulls1638
3Stormers1632
4Lions1631
5Cheetahs1624