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Ref Watch: George Clancy

George Clancy was the referee in the Springboks’ 38-12 win over the Wallabies on Saturday.

George Clancy was the referee in the Springboks' 38-12 win over the Wallabies on Saturday.

CAPE TOWN - From a South African point of view, George Clancy's refereeing performance was overshadowed by a great result for the Springboks on Saturday against Australia.

Had it not been for the Boks' bonus point victory to claim top spot on the Rugby Championship log, a lot more might have been said about the 12 penalties awarded against the Boks as well as the yellow card handed to Willem Alberts in the first ten minutes of the match.

Clancy gave his whistle a solid workout in the first half. He awarded seven penalties against both sides.

In the second half, Clancy awarded 11 more penalties and in the entire match, 14 of the penalties were for infringements at the breakdown.

The referee was set to be strict in this facet of the game and the Boks won the breakdown penalty battle 8-6, showing Clancy did give the advantage to the dominating side.

An area of the game that Clancy controlled well was the scrum. The Springbok pack completely dominated the Wallabies forwards in the scrum.

Clancy penalised the Aussies accordingly, awarding four scrum penalties to the Boks and none against them.

On the yellow card against Alberts, Law 10.2a states, "A player who intentionally offends must be either admonished, or cautioned that a send-off will result if the offence or a similar offence is committed, or sent off".

Clancy used his discretion to determine that Alberts' knockdown was worthy of 10 minutes in the bin, whereas some referees would have thought that a penalty and a warning would suffice.

The referee has a reputation of not being shy of taking out his cards as the Boks also received yellows in their two previous matches in which Clancy was in charge.

Clancy made a few minor errors in the match, but all in all his performance can be described as consistent. The players were allowed to speak to him a great deal during the match, but this did not seem to affect his calls in any way.