As true rugby followers lets take a step backwards and think about this :
This was an incredible Test Match....High intensity...massive committment on both sides. No quarter asked...or given ! To this extent I can forgive a lot of what went on. In the heat of battle there will be fists thrown....tackles will be questionable. O'Driscolls high tackle and Bothas charge on Adam Jones both probably warranted a yellow card....but yellow cards are part and parcel of the game. They are there to discipline...to penalise...and to calm tempers . We can debate the rights and wrongs of foul play and yellow cards all day long. Sometimes the officials get things wrong. But in rugby, like most sports..things even out in the end.
However. As lovers of Rugby we must be less subjective and much more demanding of our officials with regard to Gouging and the use of a boot to the head. In my opinion...straight red card every time. No room for discussion.
Burgers contact on Fitzgeralds eyes was cowardly in the extreem. And very dangerous. Rugby is tough enough without players having to worry about potentially losing their eyesight during the course of play. Zero tolerance is THE ONLY ANSWER. Every time.
I realise it was in the first minute of the match and officials are loath to reduce a team to 14 players so early. But this lenience must stop.
If Mr Lawerence had informed the referee that contact had been made to the eye area...in a gouging motion...then the referee should have no other option than to red card the player. No question. We are doing a diservice to our players by not stamping this out. I am Irish....I had no sympathy for Quinlan. I certainly have no sympathy for Berger.
I urge all true rugby followers...of all nations , to demand more from our law makers and officials.
Well done South Africa. You play hard. The vast majority of you play fair. You deserve your victory. Congratulations.