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Is there a referee bias against the Springboks?

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International boss Paddy O'Brien has defended his Tri-Nations referees after an extraordinary attack on their integrity from Springbok coach Peter de Villiers.

The South African leader suggested results in his side's twin defeats in New Zealandwere engineered to generate extra supportfor the All Blacks and the World Cup next year.

An astonished O'Brien said both Irish referees, Alan Lewis and Alain Rolland, had received favourable assessments for their work at Eden Park and Westpac Stadium.

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