Are the Cheetahs Cheaters ?



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ARU Chief Gary Flowers says he will meet with Super 14 tournament director Peter Rowles to discuss the farcical events of last weekend’s match between the Waratahs and Cheetahs. NSW coaching staff were livid after their painstaking 26-3 win at Aussie Stadium last Friday.

The Cheetahs appeared to be deliberately slowing the game down and disrupting Waratahs’ momentum through their repeated injury stoppages.

Waratahs coach Ewen McKenzie claimed: “I was falling asleep in the coaches box. I thought it was ridiculous.”

The length blew out from the usual 80 minutes of regular time to 101 minutes with injury time added. Typically Super 14 matches require somewhere between 2-5 minutes of extra time, but last Friday an extra 20 minutes of injury time marked an undesirable first in Super Rugby.

This isn’t the first time a professional rugby team has utilised injury stoppages to recover or gain some advantage but Friday night’s game was undeniably a tarnished spectacle. The crowd in Sydney showed their frustration by slow handclapping at one point as several Cheetahs players hit the deck simultaneously, all requiring trainers’ attention.

New Wallaby selector and former dual international Michael O’Connor has suggested the IRB implement a ‘play on’ rule as seen in league, soccer and AFL.

Cheetahs coach Rassie Erasmus said his side were suffering jetlag after a six day turn-around from their previous match in South Africa.

As reported in

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