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What they had to say: Sharks vs Waratahs, Round 14

Written by Stephen Smith (StevieS)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 18 May 2015 at 22:49
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Hi Sharks fans. What a terrible display by the referee Rohan Hoffman! It borders on blatant bias and I hope SANZAR will sanction him, but I won’t be holding my breath. His call for a high tackle against Lionel Cronje on Kurtley Beale was pathetic, with Cronje’s arm at waist height. Let’s see how the Aussie press, in particular, viewed the game.

South Africa:

“The Waratahs should have adopted an old Beatles song as their anthem in Sydney on Saturday as their 33-18 Vodacom Super Rugby win over the Cell C Sharks was certainly a case of them getting by with a little help from a friend, the friend in this case being referee Rohan Hoffmann.” –

“Sharks CEO John Smit has backed Sanzar to deal with Rohan Hoffman following the Australian referee’s questionable display in Saturday’s Super Rugby clash between the Waratahs and the Durban-based side.” –

“It was perhaps closer than the scoreline suggests, but all that matters is that the Sharks slumped to a 33-18 loss to the Waratahs in a Super Rugby clash in Sydney on Saturday.” –

“Rohan Hoffmann had a shocker with the whistle, and it was the Sharks who often found themselves on the wrong side of the referee’s calls. His decisions baffled commentators and viewers alike and left the Sharks hopelessly frustrated.” –

“Defending champions New South Wales Waratahs were pushed to the limit before fending off South Africa’s Sharks 33-18 in their Super Rugby match in Sydney on Saturday. The Waratahs only sealed the match with a runaway solo try by Bernard Foley in the final minute after a Sharks handling error.” –

“The New South Wales Waratahs got their stuttering Super Rugby title defence back on track with a 33-18 victory over South Africa’s Sharks at Sydney Football Stadium on Saturday.” –

“The NSW Waratahs have overcome the Sharks 33-18 in a gripping arm wrestle at Allianz Stadium. Both sides traded blows in a see-sawing second half but it was Bernard Foley’s perfect night with the boot that sealed the game for the defending champions; his personal haul of 23 points equalling Mat Rogers’ record against the Sharks from 2004.” –

New Zealand:

“Cheika was livid after referee Rohan Hoffman penalised prop Benn Robinson for apparently entering a ruck from the side as the Waratahs pressed the Sharks line just before halftime. The incident sparked a melee and Waratahs hooker Tolu Latu was fortunate to escape with a warning for striking Sharks Lwazi Mvovo in the head as tempers flared.” –

“Cheika admitted the scoreline didn’t reflect the closeness of the match. “We’re just staying in there somehow. I’m not quite sure how,” he said. “I suppose we just expect such a high standard of play from ourselves, but tonight I think our effort was there. “Perhaps we were even trying a bit too hard. They were so keen to get the ball moving again, get the movement back in our game.” Sharks coach Gary Gold said a sixth straight defeat was tough to swallow. “We’re a proud union and we’re in uncharted territory. We haven’t been this low on the log before,” he said. “We just have to stay in the fight.” –

“There was more bad blood in the second half as Hoffman struggled to keep a lid on proceedings. He was loudly jeered by Waratahs fans before overturning a dodgy call against the Tahs upon a video replay of Israel Folau’s long clearing kick.” –

“Both sides traded blows in a see-sawing second half but it was Bernard Foley’s perfect night with the boot that sealed the game for the defending champions; his personal haul of 23 points equalling Mat Rogers’ record against the Sharks from 2004.” –


“THE Sharks refused to bite on calls for neutral referees to be re-instated last night after some contentious decisions from an Aussie whistleblower helped the Waratahs claw their way to a much-needed win. … A 23-point haul from Bernard Foley was enough for the Waratahs to overcome the spirited Sharks, who weren’t helped by the fact almost every 50-50 call by referee Rohan Hoffman went against them.” –

“In match that will be remembered for some deeply controversial officiating as much as any of the rugby, the Waratahs scored three tries to the South Africans’ two, although the visitors will feel aggrieved at winger Sibusiso Sithole’s disallowed try that would have made things interesting late in the game.” –

“The most disputed of the night came for the Durban side when they were surging back into the match, and trailing by 8 points in the 70th minute. A superb solo effort by Sharks winger Sibussio Sithole saw him dive into the left hand corner for a possible try, but after a potential Kurtley Beale shoulder charge was ruled out, so too was the try by TMO George Ayoub.” –

“Cheika’s jovial mood post-match was in stark contrast to when he fumed throughout an ill-tempered affair blighted by some bewildering decisions by referee Rohan Hoffman and TMO George Ayoub.” –


“The Waratahs have claimed a controversial 15-point victory over the Sharks in Sydney. Some poor officiating decisions seemed to put the Sharks on the backfoot and allowed the Tahs to make easy work of the visitor’s defence in the opening half, before they secured the win in the final minutes with a Bernard Foley runaway try.” –

“The Sharks almost got back into it with ten minutes remaining when S’bura Sithole looked to have crossed acrobatically in the corner, but after consultation with the TMO it was deemed that he had just put a knee in touch before dotting down. It was cruel on the Sharks, who were on the wrong end of a lot of decisions on the night, and their evening finished in disappointment when a loose ball in midfield was hacked forward by Foley, who then scooped it up and sprinted over unchallenged for the final try of the game two minutes from time, adding the conversion for a 23-point haul.” –

“A high tackle from Cronje on a slipping Beale gave Foley an easy shot at three points, and he made no mistake to stretch the hosts’ lead once again, before adding three more when JP Pietersen produced an intentional knock-on, to make it 26-18.” –

“The Sharks caught the Waratahs napping when Cronje angled his quickly taken free kick for winger Odwa Ndungane to score in the 49th minute. The Sydneysiders hit back minutes later when giant winger Taqele Naiyaravoro carried Sithole over the line to be awarded a try via the video referee before the Sharks fought back with their second try.” –

Twitter (all quotes courtesy of this week):

“Pat Symcox @PatSymcox77

“Once upon a time it was Darrel Hair…now its Hoffman…WTH.” – Pat Symcox

“Hoffman was bad but TMO George Ayoub shouldn’t escape ridicule either. Staggeringly inept. #WARvSHA #SSRugby”

“I’m not South African, but when their #SuperRugby teams tour Aus/ NZ, they suffer from some awful refereeing decisions #WARvSHA”

“What a joke of a ref today clearly robbed the Sharks and we need all the help we can get this season”

“To borrow a line from the Beatles, the Waratahs got by with a little help from their friends. The Friends being the ref and his assistants.” – Gavin Rich

“David Campese calls Rohan Hoffmann a joke. He’s being kind. #ssrugby”

“If Phil Kearns says “the Sharks were really stiffed” tells you how bad Rohan Hoffman was” – Dan Retief

“Rohan Hoffmann doing his best Stuart Berry impersonation. Super Rugby really need to look at improving standard of refs #WARvSHA #SuperRugby”


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