Cheika spits the dummy

Sun, 30 Mar 2014 07:57
Large michael cheika waratahs

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika spat the dummy about refereeing perceptions, but captain Dave Dennis admitted to a lack of discipline.

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika may have spat the dummy about refereeing perceptions, but captain Dave Dennis admitted their own lack of discipline cost them.

The table-topping Sharks overcame a determined Waratahs side in a fiery and often spiteful encounter at Kings Park Stadium in Durban at the weekend.

Following the ill-tempered and often brutal clash with the Sharks, the Waratahs were miffed that their captain was sin-binned for a push, despite numerous first half incidents - two of which were later cited - being deemed unworthy of yellow cards by New Zealand referee Mike Fraser.

However, the Tahs were ultimately made to pay for their ill-disciple and poor handling, as 19 points from rookie flyhalf Fred Zeilinga saw the home side emerge 32-10 victors.

The visitors' captain, Dennis, lamented the Waratahs' poor discipline in the match - as his side conceded 20 penalties and a free kick, to go with the yellow card handed out to the skipper in the 48th minute.

Add the 20-odd turnovers conceded, including 19 handling errors, and it is obvious why Dennis looked inwards rather than blame referees for the lobsided score.

"There were plenty of opportunities there, but discipline let us down and we just couldn't get that rhythm during the game," Dennis said in his post-match media briefing.

"There was too much dropped ball.

"We certainly had opportunities but things just didn't go our way."

Cheika - who had to escorted from the field when he confronted match officials on the sideline during the game - opted to put the spotlight back on referees, claiming his team's scrum has become victims of a perception problem in the eyes of match officials.

It's the third consecutive week Australian teams have been on the wrong end of lopsided penalty counts in South Africa, with Reds coach Richard Graham angered by the treatment of his in recent away losses to the Sharks and Lions.

Cheika was upset that front row forwards Benn Robinson and Sekope Kepu were consistently pinged for collapsing scrums.

Cheika suggested the Sharks front row hoodwinked the referee with gamesmanship and said there's a stigma attached to the Waratahs scrummaging that isn't the reality.

"There's a certain perception around our scrum with the referees that we have to fix," Cheika told Australian Associated Press.

"I'm not too sure how, but we'll work on it to find a way to fix that.

"We got penalised twice for going down when it was pretty clear the opposition guys faded back.

"If the other guy doesn't fully engage, where do you go? If you can't come closer on the impact, how do you stay up?"

He said he was not going to bother seeking clarification from SANZAR.

"I'm not sure if anyone's got the answer to be honest."

The Waratahs face another match in South Africa this week, although they'll like their chances more against an injury-ravaged Stormers team who fell 17-22 to the Reds in Brisbane, their fourth straight defeat.

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Wed, 31 August 2016
Griquas v EP Kings 15h00 Kimberley
Fri, 02 September 2016
Boland v Pumas 13h00 Wellington
Blue Bulls v Golden Lions 17h00 Pretoria
Ospreys v Zebre 18h35 Liberty Stadium
Leinster v Treviso 18h35 RDS Arena
Ulster v Dragons 18h35 Kingspan Stadium
Gloucester v Leicester Tigers 18h45 Kingsholm
Newcastle Falcons v Sale Sharks 19h00 Kingston Park
Sat, 03 September 2016
Saracens v Worcester Warriors 13h00 Twickenham Stadium
Free State Cheetahs v EP Kings 13h00 Bloemfontein
Scarlets v Munster 14h00 Parc y Scarlets
Northampton Saints v Bath 14h30 Franklin's Gardens
Western Province v Sharks 15h10 Cape Town
Harlequins v Bristol 15h30 Twickenham Stadium
Connacht v Glasgow Warriors 16h15 Sportsground
Cardiff Blues v Edinburgh 18h35 BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
Sun, 04 September 2016
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 14h00 Ricoh Arena
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 10 0 5 43
Waratahs 15 8 0 7 40
Rebels 15 7 0 8 31
Reds 15 3 1 11 17
Force 15 2 0 13 13
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Hurricanes 15 11 0 4 53
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 52
Chiefs 15 11 0 4 51
Crusaders 15 11 0 4 50
Blues 15 8 1 6 39
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 1 4 51
Bulls 15 9 1 5 42
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Sunwolves 15 1 1 13 9
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 14 11 0 3 52
Sharks 15 9 1 5 43
Jaguares 14 3 0 11 18
Kings 15 2 0 13 9