Furious at the arbitration of Wayne Barnes during the clash between the Blues and the Boks on Saturday, the wife of Cheslin Kolbe made heavy insinuations on social networks.
The meeting between France and South Africa on Saturday left its mark. Literally and figuratively. The shock was of rare intensity and the bodies of the players bore the scars at the end of the meeting. But the success of the XV of France, the first since 2009, also gave birth to a controversy. Consequence of the attitude of certain South Africans afterwards.
Former Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus, now director of South African rugby, first hinted on Twitter about a supposed arbitration favorable to the Blues. The one who led South Africa to the roof of the world in 2019 thus relayed the video of a raise from Thomas Ramos during which the tricolor rear charged his former teammate in Toulouse with his elbow forward in the throat. An action that did not make the referee flinch, unlike a pass from the back Le Roux for his opener Willemse, considered forward while the video may suggest the opposite.
Well done France…
“We have to review our fundamentals like the technique of tackles and simple passes. Sorry, we know”he wrote, before adding about two similar actions in a regroup that foul South African scrum-half Faf de Klerk and not his alter ego Antoine Dupont: “Both 9s are under immense pressure… We’re just not on the right side!!! Sorry”
Cheslin Kolbe’s wife was just as outspoken, this time on Instagram. Relaying in turn an image of the charge of Thomas Ramos on her husband, Layla Kolbe cracked an ironic “Well done France”embellished with a banknote emoji suggesting that the referee of the meeting had been bought.
The South African recriminations, and especially those of Rassie Erasmus, have in any case gone badly. “He’s the Donald Trump of rugby”was indignant Tim Percival, the director of the English club of Northampton, adding that these actions were for him “legitimate when South Africa wins, and robbery when they lose. “I wonder if he realizes the harm he is doing to the game when he tweets such nonsense,” he added.