Cheika defends World Cup referee Joubert
19 Oct 2015 - 18:26
Teddington, UK: Embattled World Cup referee Craig Joubert received a vote of confidence from Australia coach Michael Cheika on Monday despite them having crossed swords in the past.
Joubert has faced widespead criticism in Britain for the last minute penalty he awarded that gave Australia a 35-34 victory over Scotland in their World Cup quarter-final on Sunday.
Cheika said Joubert -- who was also criticised for not awarding a penalty in the 2011 World Cup final, in which New Zealand beat France 8-7 -- was being unfairly pilloried for his decision to award the penalty for offside. Cheika said decisions had to be accepted in sport.
"What sort of offence? He gave it as a penalty," Cheika told a press conference.
"It has been pretty interesting over the past week to see how things have gone down re officials and decisions, I have had my own issues in the past with officialdom.
"No one's congratulated Joubert about picking up the knock on before a try we scored (Adam Ashley-Cooper's disallowed try in the second-half in the quarter-final) and going back to the TMO."
"Some decisions you get, some you don't," added Cheika.
"Rugby is a sport where everything is up for interpretation, every line ball is contested. I thought we should have had a couple of penalties at the scrum in the second half but we didnt get them."
ad tackled the South African over a call he made in a Super Rugby match last season when the Australia was in charge of The NSW Waratahs against Otago Highlanders.
"Joubert refereed a semi-final of Super Rugby when I was coaching at NSW and he sent off one of our players (sin-binning Jacques Potgieter) and gave a penalty try for a high tackle when the player was 20 centimetres off the ground," said Cheika.