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Referees for the play-offs named

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news on 6 Oct 2008 at 18:33
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The referees, for the remaining three Play off matches have been announced and Try-Time will NOT be a happy camper.

Sport 24 reports that Jonathan Kaplan has been appointed to referee his fourth Absa Currie Cup final. He was appointed to the match just ahead of Mark Lawrence who refereed the 2007 final.

Andre Watson, South Africa’s manager of referees, said that it had been a most difficult appointment as there was little to choose between Kaplan and Lawrence.

The matter was referred to the SA Referees’ executive and to Oregan Hoskins, the president of Saru, for a final decision after the referees’ selectors could not decide between the two.

The view of coaches was also taken into account before the executive took the decision to appoint Kaplan.

“This obviously gives a very clear indication that both gentlemen, who had refereed superbly throughout the year in all competitions, deserved to referee the final,” said Watson. “Mark Lawrence will be the official reserve referee should Jonathan not be able to referee the game.

“Both referees are worthy of refereeing the final, but, and unfortunately, only one referee can do so.”

SA Referees expressed their best wishes to Jonathan Kaplan for the final and to Mark Lawrence (Sharks v Lions) and Craig Joubert (Blue Bulls v Free State Cheetahs) for the semi finals.

It was also announced that Shaun Veldsman has been appointed as the television match official for the final.


  • I am really chuffed with these appointments. All the three are great referees.

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.10.08 18:40:01 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • yeah they are. some a little more biased than others. it has set itself up nicely for another steve walsh incident. mark lawrence couldn’t provide that uncertainty. unlike kaplan and his ten minute mentz try shenanigans. all i ask is he is consistent.

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.10.08 18:58:39 by try time Reply
    Super Rugby player
  • supersport probably insisted on jk as the bulls need to win to keep their number one supporters happy, supersport.

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.10.08 19:00:47 by try time Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : Agreed. What with the (sub)standard of our ref’s overall, those three are our best. Not that they never make mistakes, but I call those honest mistakes.

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.10.08 20:02:46 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver FoxCurrie Cup player
  • @try time (Comment 3) :

    Seems the bulls think the opposite.

    From the Bulls site.
    . Jonathan Kaplan gaan die skeidsregter vir die finaal wees. Ek is bevrees dat dit die Haaie se beste kans sedert 1996 sal wees om die Curriebeker te wen!! Hoekom kry hulle maar nie eerder ‘n onverbonde skeidsregter nie?
    Posted by Platbergbul (pretoria) Monday, October 06, 2008 – 19:25

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.10.08 21:21:06 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) :

    As I said on another thread today. Rating a ref is PURELY subjective.

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.10.08 21:21:43 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : what it does say though is people don’t think jk is as good as andre watson thinks he is. public perception is a hard thing to shake off. maybe he has a thing for the two top teams in sa. he never reffed a sharks bulls game this year so it is hard to tell which way he’ll blow. hopefully he keeps it to a minimum. and hopefully the players help out. it would be nice to have a final without scandal.

    personally what gets my back up about jk compared to the other refs is his manner. he barks. mark, craig and marius spend time talking to the players and explaining their errors. kaplan doesn’t he justs barks the offence and moves on. i know that is what a ref has to do, but it is nicer for spectators and captains to see a ref as approachable.

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.10.08 07:15:25 by try time Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 7) : They tried that. Now every player are constantly telling the ref how to do his job. AND trying their best to intimidate the guy. The days when only the captain approached the ref, and then once or twice in a game(ok, maybe 3 times :smile: ) should be brought back.

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.10.08 07:31:10 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver FoxCurrie Cup player
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 8) : no marius mark and craig have the balance right. they shit on the players when they are out of line, but they still have a laugh. i rarely see a smile from jk. as i said a ref is not supposed to be everyones friend, but a smile does go a long way in public relations.

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.10.08 07:38:13 by try time Reply
    Super Rugby player
  • @try time (Comment 9) : A ref is a ref, not a public relations officer.

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.10.08 08:17:42 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver FoxCurrie Cup player
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) :

    That smacks of pure arrogance…so its just a fiven that the Bulls will be meeting the Sharks in the final :roll:

    I truly hope the Cheetahs bring them back down to earth..you’d swear the Bulls have exclusive rights to the CC..idiots

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.10.08 08:54:42 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply
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  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 11) :

    LOL….So its just a given “the Sharks are in the final”… :twisted:

    THIS IS NOT ARROGANCE….but that Statement is the most sense I have made….EVER!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.10.08 09:02:47 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : why do you read that shyte?

  • Comment 13, posted at 07.10.08 09:52:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) :

    There aren’t very many comedy websites around and AFV sucks the bandwidth if i watch from work. :wink:

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.10.08 10:08:44 by KSA Shark © Reply

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