Watson gets booed as he scores Stormers try


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Former Stormers Captain and South African Super 14 player of the year Luke Watson was booed throughout his team’s 43-33 win over English club Saracens at Newlands on Sunday but his coach has come to his defence.

In the early part of the game Stormers loose forward Watson was booed by some sections of the crowd every time he touched the ball.

Half an hour into the game, when he collected the ball on the Stormers’ 10-metre line and started running, there was a loud roar and booing from the crowd. He slipped and conceded a penalty when caught in possession.

Watson hit the headlines last year for a controversial talk he made at a rugby function at UCT last year, when he was reported to have said he wanted to “vomit on the Springbok jersey”.

SA Rugby charged him with misconduct but eventually found the they could proceed with the case and dropped it.

Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus was aware of the jeering from the crowd during the match , “It is something that everybody here has different reactions to,” he told the Cape Times.

“When he scored the try, half cheered and half booed. If there are persons who would like to put their energy into something like that for 13 games, it is up to them.

“They must know that if we pick somebody inside the team, and he is on the park, then everything has been sorted out and the team is happy.

” If you are a real supporter, you will support the team and their decisions. I think it will fade away.

“I can tell you of a few people who have done much more wrong – if he did anything wrong – and they are playing now and are in dominant positions in SA Rugby.

“They are not getting booed when they are on TV and on the park. So we are happy with the way the team is performing, all 26 of them.”

Speaking about the whole performance from the team Erasmus said, “I think it was the kind of performance you want. It wasn’t wonderful, it wasn’t terrible either. We can be happy on the one hand that we beat them. On the other hand, there are a lot of things that we can work on.”

Stormers captain Jean de Villiers said the booing did not have an effect the players during the match. “I thought Luke played well,” he said.

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