WATCH: Former Bok coach slams controversial refereeing overseas

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The Stormers fell away in the second half of their United Rugby Championship (URC) clash against Connacht in Galway on Saturday, going down 19-17 in a match that was there for the taking.

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The Stormers held a 17-7 lead early in the second half, but yellow cards to Sergeal Petersen for a deliberate knock-down and Ruhan Nel for a high tackle cost them dearly as the home side scored twice in that time to edge into a winning position.

However, Stormers head coach John Dobson and captain Steven Kitshoff both admitted after the loss that the officiating during the match differed markedly from what they had become accustomed to in the local South African derbies.

It’s becoming increasingly clear in the URC just how difficult it is for teams to adjust to the different officiating interpretations in the northern and southern hemisphere.

The Stormers particularly found themselves on the wrong end of Scottish referee Ben Blain’s whistle, which saw them concede eight penalties compared to Connacht’s four, while Nel’s yellow card particularly raised eyebrows.

In the SuperSport show ‘The Final Whistle‘, Mallett again highlighted the frustration with the refereeing inconsistency

In the SuperSport studios immediately after the Stormers game, Mallett also hit out at Blain’s handling of the match, while former Bok prop Rob Kempson was similarly critical of the general standard of refereeing.

Mallett said: “When you see how enthusiastically he blew his whistle when the Stormers made a mistake and how he rued blowing his whistle when Connacht made a mistake, it wasn’t surprising to know who he wanted to win.”

According to Mallett, all the 50/50 calls appeared to go Connacht’s way and added that it was “ridiculous” that Nel was yellow carded.

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