The Springboks had a unique way of gaining favourable decisions from Jerome Garces as they triumphed against 32-12 in final, research has found.
‘The research included analysis on how the referees blew games of rugby, from scrummaging to the dark arts at the breakdown and the offside line. But it went much deeper than that,’ Burnard wrote in his book – in an excerpt published by SA Rugby Magazine.
‘The level of detail in the refereeing reports included personality traits, all with the hope of finding an edge.
South Africa ‘complimented referee Jerome Garces on his physical appearance' to get decisions at Rugby World Cup https://t.co/0fcJlluPWF— Telegraph Rugby (@TelegraphRugby) August 26, 2020
‘The Springboks would role play at team meetings and at training sessions, practising what they would say to the match officials with the research in mind.
‘The report compiled on Garces, for example, revealed that he responded well to being complimented on his physical appearance.
‘If the match was fast-paced, the Boks would make a point of praising Garces on his condition and his ability to keep up with the players, hoping to rub him up the right way.’
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