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Michael Cheika is in trouble after 'approaching' a referee during a Waratahs game

There was a short exchange on the sideline.

Image: Michel Euler

WALLABIES AND NSW Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has been handed a formal warning for approaching a referee during a Super Rugby match, governing body SANZAR said on Thursday.

Cheika received the warning after SANZAR investigated a complaint about him stemming from the Waratahs’ 23-11 win over the Auckland Blues in Sydney last Saturday.

SANZAR found Waratahs coach Cheika approached South African match referee Jaco Peyper in front of the other match officials to seek clarification on a scrum interpretation during the half-time break.

It said a “short and polite exchange” took place in the referee’s room and Peyper responded to Cheika’s request for clarification.

“No other issues were discussed,” SANZAR said in a statement. ”Both Mr Cheika and Mr Peyper have subsequently acknowledged this exchange should not have taken place and apologised.

“There is no evidence that the referee was influenced by the exchange in his handling of the match, nor in the circumstances has there been a breach of the SANZAR Code of Conduct and no further action will be taken.”

Peyper also received a formal warning.

SANZAR has written to all referees and coaches reminding them that no discussions should take place between the officials and coaches during a match.

© – AFP 2015

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