South Africa's Rugby World Cup-winning manager Rassie Erasmus has filmed a bizarre and bonzer video questioning the fairness of the refereeing successful the bid against the British and Irish Lions.
Erasmus coached the Springboks to 2019 glory and is present South Africa's manager of rugby, who acted arsenic a 'waterboy' for his squad during the archetypal Test nonaccomplishment successful Cape Town.
He released an hour-long video taking purpose astatine Australian referee Nic Berry and his assistants portion besides claiming that Springboks skipper Siya Kolisi was being treated otherwise than Lions skipper Alun Wyn Jones.
Erasmus went arsenic acold arsenic to accidental helium would measurement speech from his duties for the remainder of the bid if it helped create, successful his eyes, a much level playing field.
"If this causes that I'm not allowed to beryllium h2o bearer that's fine, I'll measurement away," Erasmus said.
"If we're going to get a fine, I'll measurement distant from the absorption team. If this means the Springboks volition get successful occupation I'll accidental I did this personally, due to the fact that I judge successful fairness, the strategy and 2 teams having an adjacent accidental of competing successful a match."
Before the latest video, erstwhile England and Lions manager Sir Clive Woodward said Erasmus needed to permission the coaching of the Springboks to Jacques Nienaber.
"If South Africa are to basal immoderate accidental of levelling the bid Rassie Erasmus indispensable beryllium successful a suit successful the stands playing nary portion successful immoderate lucifer time decisions," Woodward wrote successful his latest file for the Daily Mail wherever helium felt the deficiency of demarcation betwixt the existent coaching roles was "confusing and sidesplitting the Springboks."
"There tin lone ever beryllium 1 antheral successful complaint successful lucifer week and connected lucifer time – and that has to beryllium the coach."
Woodward had nary doubts arsenic to wherefore the Lions were capable to clasp their nervus and deterioration down the Boks successful the last quarter.
"I enactment that wholly down to their coaching dynamic. Warren Gatland and his backroom squad were successful a antithetic league," Woodward wrote.
"It is wide that Erasmus has started taking implicit again, helium is moving astir successful a tracksuit and donning the h2o bearer bib adjacent though – arsenic Gatland observed past week – helium ne'er seems to dispense immoderate water, nor adjacent transportation a bottle. He ne'er forgets his clipboard, though.
"It looked comical, it was comical, and I americium amazed South African Rugby are allowing it to happen. Erasmus is inactive coaching the squad successful each but name, but that's not his job. He needs to butt out."
"His occupation present is to name the coaching squad and fto them get connected with it, offering proposal erstwhile asked but nary more. He has go centre signifier again. All the pre-match banter is conducted betwixt him and Gatland – and Warren is eating him for breakfast."
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In squad news, props Steven Kitshoff and Frans Malherbe person been promoted and rookie Jasper Wiese is besides starting for South Africa successful the 2nd Test successful Cape Town connected Sunday (kickoff 2am AEST, buildup connected Stan Sport from 12.30am).
Loosehead Kitshoff volition gain his 50th Test headdress and replaces Ox Nche, who has a cervix injury, portion tighthead prop Malherbe comes successful for Trevor Nyakane.
Wiese is successful astatine No.8 for conscionable his 2nd headdress aft debuting successful the warmup crippled against Georgia this month.
The escaped guardant replaces Kwagga Smith, who drops to the bench.
The changes are successful absorption to losing the archetypal Test 22-17 aft starring for the archetypal hour.
The Springboks request a triumph to nonstop the bid to a decider.
The Lions could seal their archetypal bid triumph successful South Africa successful 24 years.
"This is simply a monolithic crippled for us," Springboks manager Jacques Nienaber said.
"It is bash oregon dice successful bid to enactment successful the contention to triumph the bid and we selected a squad that offers continuity successful selection, but besides that we thought would beryllium the champion suited to execute the objectives we person acceptable for this match.
"Ox did good successful the scrums past week and has been ruled retired owed to injury, but fortunately we person a world-class subordinate successful Steven who tin measurement into the starting team. The information that this volition people his 50th Test volition marque this juncture adjacent much important for him."
Vincent Koch and Marco van Staden were brought into the reserves arsenic South Africa returned to a 6-2 forwards-backs divided which worked truthful good during their 2019 Rugby World Cup.
"We person had an other week connected the grooming tract aft a fewer disruptive weeks successful the buildup to the opening Test, truthful we are assured that the players successful the squad volition beryllium capable to present connected the physicality and grit that volition beryllium required successful this match," Nienaber added.
"We request to beryllium amended successful each country of the crippled this week, and the set-pieces volition beryllium important successful laying the foundations we request to execute our crippled program effectively."
The Lions are starting Mako Vunipola, Conor Murray and Chris Harris amid 3 changes.
England loosehead prop Vunipola impressed disconnected the seat successful the archetypal Test triumph and comes successful up of Rory Sutherland successful the lone alteration to the forwards.
Ireland halfback Murray is simply a consecutive swap with Ali Price, who drops to the bench, and Scotland centre Chris Harris comes into the Test broadside for the archetypal time, successful spot of Elliot Daly.
Dan Biggar, who was replaced precocious successful the archetypal Test owed to concussion, has completed his return-to-play protocol and appraisal by an autarkic concussion consultant, and takes his spot astatine five-eighth.
The lone different subordinate included successful the matchday squad who was not portion of the archetypal Test is Wales No.8 Taulupe Faletau aft helium replaced Scotland flanker Hamish Watson.
"We cognize the Springboks volition beryllium hurting and they'll propulsion everything astatine america connected Saturday (local time), but I deliberation there's plentifulness much to travel from us, too," Lions manager Warren Gatland said.
"We consciousness we tin spell up different level from wherever we were successful the archetypal Test and I would expect america to improve.
"It's the biggest crippled connected the circuit and we person to clasp the anticipation that comes with it. As players and coaches, these are the games you privation to beryllium progressive in. We're relishing the accidental to look the Springboks again connected Saturday and perchance seal a bid win." - With AP
SPRINGBOKS (15-1): Willie le Roux, Cheslin Kolbe, Lukhanyo Am, Damian de Allende, Makazole Mapimpi, Handre Pollard, Faf de Klerk, Jasper Wiese, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Siya Kolisi (c), Franco Mostert, Eben Etzebeth, Frans Malherbe, Bongi Mbonambi, Steven Kitshoff
Reserves: Malcolm Marx, Trevor Nyakane, Vincent Koch, Lood de Jager, Marco van Staden, Kwagga Smith, Herschel Jantjies, Damian Willemse
LIONS (15-1): Stuart Hogg, Anthony Watson, Chris Harris, Robbie Henshaw, Duhan van der Merwe, Dan Biggar, Conor Murray; Jack Conan, Tom Curry, Courtney Lawes, Alun Wyn Jones (c), Maro Itoje, Tadhg Furlong, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Mako Vunipola
Reserves: Ken Owens, Rory Sutherland, Kyle Sinckler, Tadhg Beirne, Taulupe Faletau, Ali Price, Owen Farrell, Elliot Daly