“The punishment did not fit the crime as it was handbags stuff — the yellow card ruined a great game,” Johnson told reporters after Scotland suffered a second successive defeat in the three-week tournament.
“We were not playing tiddlywinks — rugby union is an aggressive sport. They have just asked me if I would like to cite anyone, so how about the television match official [TMO].”
Poite asked the TMO to study the incident before condemning Hamilton to 10 minutes sitting on the touchline watching Scotland give a brave showing in a Test they were expected to lose convincingly.
Ravaged by injuries after a 10-point loss to Samoa in Durban last weekend, a depleted Scottish side went at the Springboks from the kick-off and were 17-6 ahead at one stage of the second half.
“We had guys playing today who had no right to even be on the pitch,” he said, referring to forwards Euan Murray (tight-head prop) and Johnnie Beattie (back rower).
South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer was unhappy with his side even though the three-try victory sealed a final on Saturday against Samoa, with Scotland playing Italy for third place in the first half of a Pretoria double-header.
“Scotland were written off all week and they came out to prove a point. They are a proud nation and their brave performance came as no surprise to me,” the coach said.
“Although I am not happy with this performance the guys learnt a lot from the Test. They needed a game like this where you have to grind out a result before we go into the Rugby Championship,” he said.
“Our defense was not good in the first half, but improved a lot after the break. The breakdown is a bigger concern and we need to study that area closely,” Meyer said.
In the first match of the day in Nelspruit, Samoa soaked up early pressure from Italy to build a seven-point half-time advantage before scoring four second-half tries for an ultimately convincing 39-10 victory.
CANADA V IRELAND
Winger Fergus McFadden scored a hat-trick of tries as Ireland routed Canada 40-14 at BMO Field late on Saturday.
Canada were confident of a first win over Ireland after the weakened tourists could only manage a narrow 15-12 win over the US in Houston, Texas, last weekend. A crowd of 20,396, the biggest for a Test in Canada, roared when Canada’s only try put the hosts 14-12 ahead in the 46th minute.
However, the vastly improved Irish hit back with four of their six tries.
McFadden helped set up the first try for fellow wing Andrew Trimble, marking his 50th cap, and McFadden scored the second off a cross-kick by flyhalf Ian Madigan.
However, James Pritchard kicked three penalties in the half to overtake Gareth Rees as Canada’s leading point-scorer in Tests to leave Canada only 9-12 behind at halftime.
Flanker Tyler Ardron barged over to begin the second half and give Canada the lead, but it lasted only nine minutes as Ireland flanker Kevin McLaughlin broke the defense and put in center Darren Cave. The forwards set up McFadden for his second try, flanker Tommy O’Donnell busted the line and ran 20m to the posts. McFadden completed the romp with his hat-trick try.
“We’re very disappointed,” Canada coach Kieran Crowley said. “We had a couple of things we wanted to play but we couldn’t do it under the pressure they put us on.”