Lions tour: South Africa boss Rassie Erasmus accused of ‘using a fake Twitter account’ to blast refs

South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus is accused of using a FAKE ACCOUNT on Twitter to hit out at the Lions – with fans suspicious after he retweeted the mystery user’s ONLY two posts whining about refereeing in first Test

  • Fans have joked that Rassie Erasmus could behind a fake Twitter account 
  • Springboks coach responded to an anonymous user after defeat to the Lions
  • The account said there were ‘questionable calls’ in South Africa’s 22-17 loss
  • The user has only made two posts but Erasmus responded to both of them

Rugby fans have joked that South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus could be behind a fake account on social media that has been criticise the Lions after their first Test defeat on Saturday.

The Springboks fell to a 22-17 loss in Cape Town and Erasmus was humble in defeat initially, hailing the Lions for their performance and said his own players had ‘no excuses’ in his own tweet.

‘No excuses this side!!’ he wrote. ‘You are far away from home, families and going through same tough covid protocols like we do!! Congrats and well deserved !!!’ 

Rugby fans have joked that South Africa rugby chief Rassie Erasmus could be behind an anonymous account criticising the Lions

Ersamus responded to an anonymous account who had outlined 'questionable calls'

Ersamus responded to an anonymous account who had outlined ‘questionable calls’

He retweeted a video the user uploaded which highlighted incidents that didn't go their way

He retweeted a video the user uploaded which highlighted incidents that didn’t go their way

But some fans have come up with the theory that he could have created another account in order to be more direct in his criticism – after he retweeted and responded to two posts from an anonymous user called Jaco Johan. 

Johan replied to the coach’s tweet, saying: ‘Respect your attitude in defeat, but there were some questionable calls. I’ll highlight a few.’ 

Erasmus responded to the user, saying: ‘Thanks. This is rugby – sometimes calls go for you and other times they dont.’ 

The account also posted a video which outlined further moments that went against South Africa – with a handful of Lions players circled for alleged wrongdoing during the match in high-quality footage. 

Erasmus – who was responding to the only two tweets the account has posted – retweeted the footage from Johan circling a handful of incidents, including what appeared to be a high tackle from Owen Farrell on scrum-half Faf de Klerk.   

Erasmus slammed the Lions for their 'dangerous and reckless' play in the Cape Town clash

Erasmus slammed the Lions for their ‘dangerous and reckless’ play in the Cape Town clash 

Rugby fans took cheeky digs at Eramus online, with one saying that the rumour he was responsible for the account was ‘the best thing I’ve seen on Twitter’.

Another wrote: ‘My favourite thing about this whole saga is how obvious it is that Jaco Johan is also Rassie.’

‘Rassie Erasmus using a burner account very badly is the best rugby story of the year so far,’ one fan added.

And a user also pointed out that the account in question had access to ‘high spec’ content despite having very few followers. 

Erasmus had initially been graceful in defeat and hailed Warren Gatland's side for their display

Erasmus had initially been graceful in defeat and hailed Warren Gatland’s side for their display

‘Am I the only one absolutely loving the fact Rassie Erasmus is using a burner account to have a conversation with himself? This is going to backfire as the conversation will be about Rassie and not the high spec content this Johan with 27 followers seems to have.’

Sportsmail has contacted the Springboks for comment. 

Erasmus had taken some pot shots at the Lions on social media after the game despite being humble in defeat initially and pointed out some ‘reckless and dangerous’ play from Gatland’s side.

He highlighted a clip that saw Ali Price tackle Cheslin Kolbe close to the touchline before Mako Vunipola picked the Springboks wing up off the floor.

‘Cheslin is obviously played in the air and clearly not direct into touch!! More importantly for youngsters watching this clip!!!!’ Erasmus tweeted.

‘Please never move or touch an injured player on the ground, its reckless and dangerous!’