Transformation in South African rugby has been a top down effort and so far has failed miserably. No where near enough youth development or structure and far too much interference at the very highest levels of our rugby. Sadly, a topic as volatile as this will never be broached by World Rugby regardless of the backwards nature of quota systems. Political appointments staining a sport? It's disgusting, I hardly want to hear about politics as it is, let alone see them on the rugby field. »
Not to pick nits here, but we aren't the dirty eye-gougers so many make us out to be, go ahead and look up the citing history. You're as likely to have your eyes gouged by an Italian, an Englishman, an Argentine, a Frenchman, or a New Zealander. I understand that you're approaching it in jest;however, speaking as a supporter, that banter has been stale for some time now. Considering our decline, I was hoping to catch a break against Italy. I'd rather gouge my own eyes than watch that match again.
I don't think he wanted to hurt hm, he was just letting him know that its incredibly annoying to be held back. If he really wanted to drop the guy he surely could have from that angle. Refs are painstakingly slow to call holding around the rucks, sometimes a little love tap is all you can do to help sort it out.
He wasn't being held as much as he was snatching at some bait that Pape threw out there. I'd love to punch someones bellybutton out their arse for holding, but the fact of the matter is that it reinforces that behavior! How many times has McCaw flirted with the law and had his head stood on, slapped, punched, kicked, and he continues to do the same thing because those reactions get players in trouble. You have to be a professional in this situation and return the favor, he whispered in your ear and grabbed your ass? Block him on Facebook and be down with it.