Reds coach Eddie Jones has had a go at Brumbies coach Laurie Fisher, after he criticised the Brisbane side’s mentor for the controversial comments he made concerning Matt Goddard’s refereeing.
Force coach John Mitchell came out in support of Jones. Not so, Laurie Fisher.
“I wouldn’t be using the same process Eddie has chosen to over the past week,” Fisher told The Canberra Times.
“If one of your players has a bad game do you go and blast them through the media?
“If the referee has what you believe to be a bad game do you go and blast him through the media?
“You have to pick your targets and pick how you approach those targets and I think I would have chosen differently.”
Jones was quick to answer back, speaking to Australian newspaper, The Daily Telegraph.
“From my point of view, I’m very disappointed with what Laurie has had to say,” said Jones.
“Every coach has his own way of doing things and Laurie making those sort of comments doesn’t help anyone.
“I would have thought he’d be better off coaching his own side rather than worrying about what I do.”
This is in light of the fact that Fisher took the helm of a Brumbies side who had won the Super title in 2004, only to oust their coach David Nucifora in the same month.
Since Fisher took over, the Brumbies have finished fifth and sixth in the competition.
Meanwhile coach Ewen McKenzie stated that he had nothing to say concerning the comments of Eddie Jones.
“I guess they’re [SANZAR – South African New Zealand and Australian Rugby – the ruling body of Super rugby] making a statement. So they’ve made a pretty strong statement about how they want coaches to conduct themselves around games.
“I guess what they’re saying is that your first point of call shouldn’t be through the media, it should be to the referee direct and then if you’re not getting satisfaction, there are other channels.
“In saying that, accountability is important, regardless of what workplace or industry you’re in.
“As far as I’m aware the refereeing pecking order has changed already this year. Obviously they’re keeping that in-house. But performances have affected referees’ selections… so I’m told.”