(Most) refs are people and therefore never perfect. Also, the better you play, the less their performance matters. However, the display on Saturday in Hong Kong from Alan Lewis was a turd of such heinous proportions that it’s not only floated a media stink, it’s also prompted me to check out who the officials are for the rest of the tour.
To nip the accusations of “one eyed aussie” in the bud, here’s the summary of Lewis’ performance from a man who has equal hate for both Australia and New Zealand, Stephen Jones of the Times.
It was disfigured to a large degree, however, by the endless resetting of collapsed scrums and also by a remarkable assault on Australia by referee Alan Lewis, who took nearly 70 minutes to penalise New Zealand’s notorious play at the breakdown. That is a record which may never be beaten.
For all the good it may do I now read that John O’Neil has complained to IRB ref supremo Paddy O’Brien about just how crap the Irishman was. Our only hope here, as pointed out by Leg Break is that he’s a serial “equalizer”. The last time he’d reffed the ABs they ended up with 3 yellow cards. Maybe we’re in for some love vs Wales.
I only know that because I hoofed out who’ll be reffing the rest of the matches and stuck em below. Inspire any other causes for concern? By memory Brycie and Joubert weren’t bad this year and most importantly aren’t that little prick Kaplan. Steve, “look at me” Walsh for the pommy game though……
8 Nov – Italy v Australia, Padova
Referee: Bryce Lawrence
Touch judges: Craig Joubert, Marius Jonker
15 Nov – England v Australia, Twickenham
Referee: Steve Walsh
Touch judges: Bryce Lawrence, Tim Hayes
22 Nov – France v Australia, Paris
Referee: Craig Joubert
Touch judges: Chris White, David Changleng
29 Nov – Wales v Australia, Cardiff
Referee: Alan Lewis
Touch judges: Dave Pearson, Romain Poite
3 Dec – Barbarians v Australia, London
Referee: Chris White
Touch judges: Wayne Barnes, Stuart Terheege