Matfield: We’re happy with Poite as ref
French referee Romain Poite was stood down last year for cards issued against Bismarck du Plessis.
DURBAN - Springbok captain Victor Matfield says the team has met with French referee Romain Poite and are confident they have a good understanding heading into Saturday's test against Wales at Kings Park in Durban.
Poite was stood down last year following a Rugby Championship test against the All Blacks during which he issued two yellow cards to Bismarck du Plessis, resulting in a red.
That card was later rescinded by the International Rugby Board (IRB), with the body taking the unprecedented step of issuing a statement about Poite's poor performance.
Matfield, speaking at the traditional Friday captain's press conference today, said they feel like they know what to expect from him.
"We know Romain's very astute. He gives yellow cards almost once per game so you have to have your discipline right with him."
He says the discussion with Poite this week was fruitful, adding, "We're very happy with the relationship. We're feeling good with him going into the game".
At the same time, Matfield says the incident at Eden Park didn't come up.
"We didn't have a chat to him about last year's decisions - I think the coaches would have put in a report after that game. We're more focused about what we want to achieve on Saturday," he says.
"There are certain points in the game that are very important for us to get right, so that's what we focused on with him. He's very happy with how we do certain things on the field as well."