Top League refs frustrate Williams


Rugby superstar Sonny Bill Williams admits life in Japan isn’t all plain sailing and there are certain things that are both frustrating and confusing.

Echoing the comments of many foreigners who have played in the Top League, the former All Black said he had been frustrated with the officials during Saturday’s 32-22 loss to Toshiba Brave Lupus.

“That was blatant,” Williams said, when asked about an incident that saw him tackled with both feet off the ground as he was looking to gather a chip ahead from Mike Delany. “Back home that would have been a penalty. Being taken out in the air is pretty dangerous.”

Williams admitted he had been puzzled by some of the other decisions made by referee Shuhei Kubo.

“I was a bit frustrated by some of the calls. But that’s how the game is played here. You’ve got to bite the bullet and move on and concentrate on doing something else better. If you get into a mind-set of frustration, it can have a snowball effect.”