Reds’ bad day worsens




Beyond the dismal 6-3 defeat to the Brumbies on Saturday, the Reds have been hit both by injury and suspension, along with the likelihood of the book being thrown at Eddie Jones for his post-match rant about referee Matt Goddard.

Hooker Stephen Moore is likely to be ruled out for the rest of the season on Monday, after doctors perform an arthroscopy to determine the extent of his left knee meniscus tear.

Wing Peter Hynes is rated only 50-50 for the match against the Blues next weekend, and centre Lloyd Johansson has been suspended for two weeks for a dangerous tackle on Stirling Mortlock.

Young winger Caleb Brown should be back to play to compensate for the loss of Hynes, and league recruit Charlie Fetoai could get a Super Rugby debut.

Meanwhile, Jones is facing up to the probability of watching the next match from the stands and/or getting a hefty fine after launching a furious tirade on match referee Goddard.

Jones was unrepentant for his outburst on Saturday – before which he apparently asked, tongue in cheek, what the extent of a fine might be – saying he thought it would be for the good of the game.

“All I’m trying to do is improve the game,” Jones told AAP.

“We’ve got to make comment about the betterment of the game so whatever decision people make I’m prepared to follow it.

“I expect the scrums to be refereed properly, that’s my expectation, and the onus isn’t on the scrum to manage the scrum it’s on the referee to manage the scrum.”

ARU referees’ chief Peter Marshall thought Jones might do better to concentrate on the Reds’ shortcomings.

“I don’t know what you achieve by coming out in the press and saying those sorts of things,” Marshall said.

“He could be concentrating more, I believe, on his team and their game and some of the options they took.”

The Super 14 has no prescribed punishment for coaches criticising referees in the media, and thus the repercussions for Jones, if any, will set a precedent.

Laws 20.1.4 and 20.1.5 of the code of conduct decree coaches and players must accept referee’s authority and decisions and they shan’t publicly criticise their performance.

But the sanctions are not defined, ranging from a warning to a fine or suspension which could restrict Jones to the grandstand for a number of matches.

It will be interesting to see how the case develops, as Jones’s fate will be decided by ARU Chief Executive Gary Flowers, who sacked Jones from the Australia coaching job 14 months ago, and of whom Jones has been an outspoken critic over the past six months.

365 Digital

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