Rassie Erasmus broke World Rugby laws

During SuperSport Chat in the studio, Nick Mallett said World Rugby was right to suspend Rassie Erasmus, but lamented the time it took for the independent committee to come to a decision.

Mallett was joined in the studio by former Springboks Schalk Burger and Gcobani Bobo and discussed the suspension on Erasmus, which he began serving by missing the recent Springbok-England test at Twickenham.

During the discussion, Mallett said he was disappointed that the whole process had not been dealt with faster, but added that in the end, the decision to suspend Erasmus was correct.

“I am thinking of a couple of things. First of all, it took a tremendous amount of time for it to come out and it’s a real bummer, ”Mallett explained. “If a player is sent off for a red card, it is done within a week. Obviously, they [World Rugby] were very concerned about what had happened. They were very concerned about the defense SA Rugby and Rassie were going to put in place. They didn’t want to leave it out at all and they wanted to make sure that they crossed their T’s and pointed their I’s against the ratio.

“It took forever, four months I think, before he came out. They came down very, very hard on Rassie. If you look at what they were asked to comment on, it’s hard to argue that they were incorrect. Some of them: threatening a match official unless a requested meeting has taken place …

“When you go through his strip, it’s not about whether he was right if Nic Berry had a bad game, which I always think Nic Berry had a really bad game. That was not what they were allowed to comment on. They had to decide whether Rassie had broken World Rugby’s laws regarding the way rugby directors and coaches handle decisions.

“In South Africa, we have confused the question slightly. We said maybe they should have looked and seen what the mistakes Nic Berry made and that should mitigate what Rassie did. Unfortunately, when you are affiliated with World Rugby, you must obey the laws of World Rugby.

“As a rugby player you can say, ‘I don’t like the maul so I’m going to make him collapse,” but you will still be penalized if you collapse the maul. You may not like it. not the law, but you have to obey it. Rassie is a rugby manager and he has to obey the laws of World Rugby and it turns out he didn’t. He was heavily penalized for it.

Burger agreed that Erasmus was wrong in the way he made the 62-minute video criticizing Nic Berry for which he was suspended, while Bobo argued that World Rugby was not faultless and that he there was to be more responsibility for the referees in the future. .

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