Ref Watch: George Clancy

In Ref Watch we analyse the referee who is taking charge of the upcoming Springbok match.

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CAPE TOWN - The man in charge of the clash between the Springboks and Australia in Brisbane on Saturday is George Clancy. He's actually a replacement for Alain Rolland who is injured.

Clancy joined the International Referee Panel in 2008 at the young age of 30. In the same year, he refereed his first Test match in the Boks' 26-0 victory over Italy at Newlands in Cape Town.

The Irishman took charge of two Bok Tests last year and in both games, the South African coaching staff was satisfied with his performance. The first game was the Rugby Championship encounter in New Zealand in which the All Blacks beat the Boks 21-11. The game is best remembered for a brilliant try by Bryan Habana in the 48th minute and for Dean Greyling receiving a yellow card for elbowing Richie McCaw in the head.

In the second game, South Africa beat Scotland 21-10. In that game, the Boks received another yellow card, this time it was Flip van der Merwe who was sent to the sin bin for entering the ruck from the side after numerous infringements.

Clancy, like most referees, has not been without criticism though.

In a 2012 Six Nations game between Wales and Italy, Clancy was denounced by the Welsh coaching staff for his refereeing at the breakdown. Although Wales won the game comfortably and dominated both possession and territory, Clancy awarded 13 penalties against them and only 12 against Italy.

This shows that Clancy will not necessary favour the dominant side, but he will rather have a few key things that he will look for at the breakdown.

The Boks will have to adapt to Clancy's decisions at the breakdown and Captain Jean de Villiers will want to make sure that they do so a lot faster compared to the match against Argentina two weeks ago.

Clancy has refereed seven games involving the Boks of which South Africa won five.

Follow @EWNSport on Twitter and the hashtag #RefWatch to see how he performs on Saturday.