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'Refs need to show some consistency'

Jean de Villiers says there needs to be greater consistency among international level referees.

Springbok captain Jean de Villiers.  Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Springbok captain Jean de Villiers has reiterated to EWN Sport the call for greater consistency among referees international level following another weekend of questionable decisions in the Rugby Championship.

French referee Pascal Gauzere ruled a charge down by Leonardo Senatore as a knock-on at a crucial part of the game as the All Blacks beat Argentina.

Referee George Clancy made some dubious calls as well, which included the issuing of a yellow card to Bryan Habana.

That decision saw De Villiers plead on the field itself for consistency with him.

He says referees need to improve across the board.

"The referees will always be a part of the game, and I think all we're asking for as players is consistency regarding the decision making. You will get calls against you, unfortunately we got a couple against us but there's nothing we can do about it now."

De Villiers says that referees need to ensure they take into account all of the tools at their disposal to come to the right decisions.

"For the game and the future of the game I think it's important that we try and minimise those human errors as much as possible, and get a way going forward where you can go through a game and not talk about the ref but rather talk about the performance of the players and the team."

De Villiers says the nature of the defeat made it very difficult to stomach.

De Villiers will play his 100th Test match for his country, following that of Bryan Habana last week, as they take on the All Blacks in Wellington this weekend.

Speaking overnight, de Villiers says they felt deflated following their loss.

"It did hurt, quite a lot. Also for the fact that you had a guy like a Bryan (Habana) playing in his 100th, and he's a guy that's given so much to the sport and to the team and also to South Africa. For him more than anyone else, we wanted to get a win but unfortunately it didn't work out that way."

De Villiers will be hoping he can lead the Boks to a win over arch rivals The All Blacks this weekend.

The two sides clash in Wellington on Saturday where the Boks last won in 1998 under Nick Mallet.

The last time South Africa won a test match in New Zealand was in 2009 when Peter de Villiers was coach.

Heyneke Meyer is yet to beat the All Blacks since taking over as Springbok coach in 2012.

Despite not having beaten the All Blacks since 2011, de Villiers says that breaking the All Blacks hoodoo isn't all-consuming for them.

"I don't think it's desperation, but certainly we do have goals as a team what we want to achieve. We also realise this journey we're on as and we know where we're heading. It is important for us to get a good result against them and I think it's all about ticking the boxes and making sure that you're well prepared for the game. We're looking forward to the game, the challenge will be big but we're looking forward to that challenge."