Day 2

Day 2

Well, two days in, two games. Last night I refereed a natal premier game. Two sides with a smattering of Sharks players released back to club rugby for a few weeks in between Super 14 and the Currie Cup. Well, what a welcome to Durban.

Warm evening, party spirit and 2 physical sides.I think we would say the guys were ‘in your face’!!! Brutal also works as a dscriptor! I wouldn’t have wanted to have been in some of those tackles! Some ropey floodlights didn’t help, but as interesting game developed. 9-3 just before half time with a home second row in the Sin Bin for a blatant “in-from-the-side” and flop. Wouldn’t have minded but he was only 10m from his own try line. Ive had tougher decisions to make!! Took a scrum option and scored a nice try from it.

Second half was close and well spirited. Tries to both sides and two more yellow cards – one from a TJ for a spear tackle, the other for a carbon copy of the first half yellow. Wierd ending – was 4 points in it and I wasn’t sure who had won from the reactions. Seems the away side won, 23-19. Praise from both coaches particularly the way we deal with the breakdown.

Discovered after that there was an IRB assessor present, watching me so will await his report with interest. I know I took a few shortcuts so expecting some mention of that.

Having no radios for the TJs was a shock to the system but I think I adjusted ok.

Today was school rugby in Pietermaritzburg, about 1 hour north west of Durban. If you have never done school rugby in S. Africa, it is difficult to explain. It’s the experience of it, rather than the rugby. 2000 in attendance, organised singing and chanting. I did the 2s so only 30 mins each way. Still a very warm afternoon! Winter my @rse!!! Before you start feeling sorry for me, it has got v cold this eve so I’ve had to pop my fleece on! Day of leisure tomorrow so off to see some local sights.

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