British and Irish Lions tour: Rassie Erasmus ‘baffled’ by Marius Jonker appointment
Springboks director of rugby Rassie Erasmus says he was “baffled” by the appointment of Marius Jonker because the Tv Match Official for the primary Check with the British and Irish Lions.
The Lions had been vital of the choice to nominate the South African as TMO.
Jonker needed to rule on a number of difficult selections because the Lions received 22-17.
Erasmus stated he’s “shut, shut pals with Marius”, including he didn’t telephone him earlier than the sport as a result of it was “such a tricky factor for him to do”.
“I used to be baffled when Marius was appointed because the TMO,” added Erasmus.
“However when he was talked about as a result of he’s South African, and the way he’s refereeing his workforce, that did not sit nicely with me to be trustworthy with you.
“Final yr within the Rugby Championship, New Zealand and Australia performed in opposition to one another with New Zealand and Australian referees.
“That is the best way issues occur with Covid. If Ben O’Keeffe does the flawed selections on Saturday, you will not have us saying it is as a result of he’s a New Zealander and Warren Gatland is a New Zealander.”
South Africa should win the second Check on Saturday with a purpose to stay within the sequence and as a substitute of the build-up being targeted on that, it has as a substitute been on Erasmus’ supposed Twitter antics.
The 48-year-old has been accused of establishing a pretend profile beneath the identify Jaco Johan on the social media website – the account has been vital of refereeing selections from the primary Check.
“No I’m really not Jaco Johan. I really observe Jaco – he’s an enormous supporter of us and he is been feeding me some actually good clips for some time now. Some actually good issues that I’ve used up to now,” Erasmus added.
“He is a really huge supporter. A really humorous man.”
Lions boss Gatland, who just isn’t on social media, was additionally quizzed concerning the account however dismissed the query.
“I simply suppose it’s kind of of a separate sideshow,” he stated. “I have not actually taken a lot discover of it – the main focus has been on ourselves.”
Each side introduced their matchday squads for the second Check on Tuesday with three adjustments apiece to their beginning XV’s.
The Lions see Chris Harris, Mako Vunipola and Conor Murray come into the workforce, whereas South Africa usher in Steven Kitshoff, Frans Malherbe and Jasper Wiese.