Former referee believes Springboks bagged finals spot by mistake

Former referee believes Springboks bagged finals spot by mistake

- Former test referee Rob Debney criticised Jerome Garces' decisions in the semi-final RWC match between the Boks and Wales

- The Springboks were victorious, bagging a spot in the finals

- However, Debney believes the Welsh side were the real winners of the game

PAY ATTENTION: Click “See First” under the “Following” tab to see News on your News Feed!

Former English test referee Rob Debney believes the Springboks secured a place in the 2019 Rugby World Cup finals due to poor decision-making from Jerome Garces.

According to Debney, Wales could have walked away with a 19-16 lead but Garces got the Louw penalty wrong.

Debney gave his opinion on the game in his column for The Times, SA Rugby Mag reported.

The former test referee said Garces changed the way he refereed in the last 10 minutes of the game - which he believes helped the Boks win the semi-final match.

READ ALSO: Stronger together! Mzansi reacts to Boks beating Wales to book final

"He penalised Wales with 10 minutes to go. They were on the 10m line and generating some good momentum and he incorrectly penalised Alun Wyn Jones for holding on," Debney said.

According to Debney, Garces should have penalised Franco Mostert for not moving away - which prevented Elliot Dee from clearing out Francios Louw.

If Garces did award a penalty to Wales, they could have ended the game with a 19-16 win.

"Just a few minutes later, he penalised Wales either for coming in from the side at a maul or collapsing it, but he had been letting this sort of thing go all game," Debney added.

Despite Debney's criticism, the Boks and its supporters are still celebrating the massive win for SA rugby. reported previously that the team's captain, Siya Kolisi, opened up about the victory and where he was the last time the Springboks won the Rugby World Cup.

Enjoyed reading our story? Download BRIEFLY's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!


Mailfire view pixel