Waratahs whinge over loss




The Waratahs have reportedly filed an official complaint to SANZAR (South Africa, New Zealand and Australian Rugby) concerning their apparent mistreatment at the hands of their hosts in Bloemfontein over the weekend.

Topping their list is the parachutists who invaded their warm-up area on the field, when they failed to hit their landing targets as part of the pre-match entertainment programme.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Waratahs are also complaining about the halftime interval, as it extended the regulation time of ten minutes by two and a half minutes.

Another grievance on the part of the Australians is their concern that the Cheetahs water runners assisted in throwing the ball to the home side at the re-starts, thus allowing them an undue opportunity to take the kick-offs quickly.

Lote Tuqiri asserted that the parachutists had been particularly disruptive.

“I saw the first one suddenly and then kept looking up for the others,” Tuqiri said. “It was a worry. We could have been going at full pace. It was dangerous.”

Meanwhile Waratahs coach Ewen McKenzie was equally concerned.

“They were landing in the middle of our warm-up, literally in the middle of our skill drills,” McKenzie said. “Then they were advising us that we should be moving. We said, ‘Well, we are entitled to our space by the SANZAR rule’. The parachutists should have been landing in the middle of the field, but they landed in our end … not even in our half, but our quarter.

“It’s frustrating. And we didn’t even know [there would be parachutists] until it was happening and became a safety issue.” McKenzie said he did not suspect that the Waratahs’ complaint would lead to anything more than a “slap on the wrist” for the Cheetahs.

McKenzie said the purpose of the Waratahs’ complaint was to make hosting sides realise they needed to “respect the agreed minimum standards that the tournament and games are to be run under”.

Other incidents which the Waratahs are also upset about include the Harley-Davidson motorcycles which also apparently disrupted their pre-match warm up, a shortage of provided water for a game played in immense heat, as well as an argument between a touch judge and one of the Waratahs’ water runners.

365 Digital

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