The franceinfo rugby consultant understands that the referees also need to “let go” after the pressure of the match. On the other hand, he does not understand Sebastien Vahaamahina's decision to retire internationally.
The referee of the quarter-finals of the Wales-France Rugby World Cup, Jaco Peyper, “may have raised his elbow too much, abused hops with Welsh fans and found himself caught in a skit”said Guy Accocebery, Franceinfo's rugby consultant Monday [October 21st]. The referee found himself in the spotlight after the broadcast of a photo of him, miming with Welsh fans the gesture of nudging the French Sebastien Vahaamahina, excluded for this brutality in the match Sunday.
“I think he dropped on an evening as the players can let go after a game, the referees are currently putting a lot of pressure on this kind of games, so I think that basically there is nothing was premeditated and mean, ” continued the former international and franceinfo rugby consultant. “I understand that he wanted to decompress.”
Whereas Bernard Laporte, the president of the French rugby federation, claims “a heavy penalty” against Jaco Peyper, Guy Accocebery believes him not to do “a state affair”.
On the question of the end of the international career of Sébastien Vahaamahina, the rugby consultant is, however, very surprised. “I find it unfortunate that he drops his weapons so quickly”responded Guy Accocebery. The second line has indeed indicated that it was his last match with the XV of France. “Sébastien Vahaamahina is a relatively young player, 28 years old, I think he could be competitive for the 2023 World Cup in France”, says Guy Accocebery, according to which the Clermont player is “maybe the best 2nd line of France”. It is “surprising that he made this decision before the World Cup, and even more surprising compared to what happened, because I in his place I would have liked to be revenge and catch up my mistake.”