‘Walsh cost us Super 14 Final’: Muir



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Sharks coach Dick Muir has launched a heated, and possibly untimely, attack on New Zealand ref Steve Walsh (pictured).

His comments do not come at a good time as Walsh will control the Sharks’ Super 14 clash against the Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday.

The match is effectively a battle for second place and the Sharks need to pick up a win in order to help seal a Semi-final place.

Walsh controlled last year’s Super 14 final, where the Bulls beat the Sharks 20-19 following an injury-time try to Bryan Habana.

Habana however was lucky to be on the field at all after he took out Sharks fullback Percy Montgomery in the air with a clearly dangerous tackle.

When asked if Walsh had controlled a Sharks game since, an upfront Muir told the Daily Telegraph: “No, the last time we had him (Walsh) was when he cost us the Super 14 final.”

Last weekend the Sharks got on the wrong side of Walsh’s fellow New Zealand referee Bryce Lawrence in their loss to the Brumbies in Canberra

Two Sharks players (Kankowski & Steyn) were sent to the bin in the match as the team got on the wrong side of the ref.

Ahead of this week’s match Muir said that he had briefed his players to stay on the right side of Walsh on Saturday night, which may prove difficult given Muir’s attack on Walsh.

“They (Walsh and Lawrence) are very similar in that area,” Muir said.

“We had previously warned our guys Lawrence is one of those referees that gets his back up if you talk back to him, so it was a lack of leadership and a lack of experience on our part.

“Knowing Steve Walsh is playing we have to be conscious not to do it again.

“It is just a matter of not questioning any bad decisions, but getting back to where you are going.”

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