Ben O'Keefe referees the second test between the Springboks and British & Irish Lions on Saturday. The New Zealander was widely commented on during the Lions press conference on Friday following Rassie Erasmus' hour-long video, where he criticised the performance of Nic Berry in the first test.
During the press conference, The British & Irish Lions said that they were assured by O’Keeffe that Rassie Erasmus’ criticisms will not affect his decision-making on Saturday.
Stuart Hogg spoke about O'Keeffe in high regard during the press conference saying:
'In the short time, I've been Scotland captain Ben O'Keeffe has been one of the best referees I've had to deal with. He almost coaches you round the field at the same time. When we ask questions he's very calm in his answers and is good at communicating.
'That's a reason why a large majority of his games when he's involved are allowed to flow, you're allowed to get on with it, and he helped me massively in the couple of games we've had him when I've been leading the side.