We reported yesterday that Jason Jaftha would be holding the whistle when the Sharks take on the Bulls in Saturday’s Super Rugby opener. Turns out, that news was already a little out of date.
The knee injury that Jaftha sustained early on during Friday night’s warm-up at Ellis Park looks set to keep him on the sidelines for some time, meaning that Jaco Peyper will blow the match in his stead.
Peyper was initially down to act as Assistant Referee in Bloemfontein, where Craig Joubert takes charge of the earlier game between the Cheetahs and the Lions. SANZAR are still scrambling to fill that spot.
Here are the refereeing appointments for the Sharks’ first three matches (since they have a bye in round 3).
Round 1: Sharks v Bulls – Jaco Peyper
Round 2: Sharks v Hurricanes – Andrew Lees
Round 3: BYE
Round 4: Sharks v Lions – Jaco Peyper