The Springboks' defeat to the All Blacks at Eden Park on Saturday, which included a very questionable yellow card for hooker Bismarck du Plessis, invoked the ire of past and present Proteas players.

The Springboks' defeat to the All Blacks at Eden Park on Saturday, which included a very questionable yellow card for hooker Bismarck du Plessis, invoked the ire of past and present Proteas players...

Former opening batsman Herschelle Gibbs: "24-10 down and one man short. Time to open it up and run. Referee p***ing me off but they are rattled despite the lead they have. Morne Steyn now needs to show he can improvise and run the show."

Erstwhile wicketkeeper-batsman Mark Boucher: "Why have a TMO? The media should go to work on this referee. Who takes responsibility for these bad decisions that have crept into this great game?"

Ex-captain Shaun Pollock: "It will always be the Achilles Heel of rugby, so many variables in the laws. 30 players involved and one man's interpretation counts for so much."

Skipper Graeme Smith: "Tough pill to swallow, that. I feel for Jean de Villiers. After-match interviews are a joke because your hands are tied."

Hard-hitting middle-order batsman David Miller: "Well played to the Springboks. After all, we were playing against 16. Poor officials. Rugby is no longer a contact sport. Come on, do me a favour. Very poor referee. Wake up, referee."

Limited-overs specialist Farhaan Behardien: "So the referee has seen Reid's knock-on for the try and made a decision based on the big screen. What about Bismarck's two offences?"

Veteran all-rounder Jacques Kallis: "Frustrating to see a great sporting event ruined by poor decisions by officials."

Talented left-hander Colin Ingram: "Another great game of rugby being ruined by a tired referee. Should be his last game ever."

Seamer Chris Morris: "Oh my sack. Are you joking. Softest refereeing I've ever seen. What a joke. Does Ruan Pienaar know he is playing scrumhalf? Shocking call."

Twenty20 International skipper Francois du Plessis: "Mr referee, you are spoiling a good game here."

Recalled fast bowler Wayne Parnell: "Why does The Haka always give me chills and make me pull my face?"