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Nonsense that ref hates Bulls – Henning

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, In the news on 16 Oct 2008 at 07:15
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The credibility of the referee who will handle the Currie Cup final next week is beyond reproach. The Blue Bulls and the Sharks can rest assured that Jonathan Kaplan will show no favouritism, says former test referee Tappe Henning.

Morris Gilbert writes that Henning, a member of the International Rugby Board’s panel of referees’ assessors, says Kaplan enjoys worldwide recognition as one of the best because he has no preconceived ideas about any team.

“Jonathan makes decisions only on what he sees; not on what he thinks has happened,” Henning said here on Wednesday. “He never guesses and that makes him one of the most accurate referees in the world. The result is that he makes very few mistakes.”

It is nonsense to say that Kaplan does not like the Blue Bulls, he added.

“I have heard about the unhappiness after the 2005 and 2006 Currie Cup finals, in which Jonathan was the referee. The Bulls lost one and the other one was a draw.


“But few of his critics remember that he was also the referee in the 2002 final when the Bulls beat the Lions 31-7 at Ellis Park.

“In that match, he awarded only six penalties. It shows he will penalise a team only if they transgress the laws; not because he supposedly dislikes them.

“I can say without fear of contradiction that Jonathan is popular with coaches and players alike; not because he is a nice guy, but because he is serious about and proud of his job,” Henning said.

“The captains and their players always know where they stand with him. Along with his accuracy, it enables him to inspire authority and respect.”

Kaplan’s big-match temperament makes his appointment for the final an even better one, Henning said.

“Jonathan is mentally very strong. He is not overwhelmed by the importance of the occasion. The more pressure there is, the more he enjoys it and the better he handles the game.”


  • Ok here we go…Bulls (Gnu’s!) already starting their excuses for the inevitable loss they are facing at the Sharktank! No doubt they will also use the fact that Bakkies did not play as a further excuse….

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.10.08 07:52:18 by Thingfish Reply
  • But is it also nonsense that Tappe Henning hated the Sharks?

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.10.08 08:31:07 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 2) : He was awful!

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.10.08 09:19:17 by robdylan (Go Sharks!) Reply
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  • ha henning can talk. he was the king of bias against the sharks. so any other ref would look fair in comparison. tappe got a personal kick out of pissing off the sharks home crowd. he actually publicly stated he enjoyed reffing games at kings park, strange cos everytime he reffed there he was booed.

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.10.08 09:22:02 by try time Reply

  • Well if Kaplan does hate the Bulls its entirely understandable 😀

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.10.08 11:08:40 by Sauce Reply
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  • I only hate Willie Roos.

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.10.08 11:12:35 by MorneN Reply
  • @MorneN (Comment 6) : Luckily you didn’t say “Only I…”

    You are in the company of thousands!

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.10.08 11:19:40 by Baldrick Reply

  • Have to say I was Very happy when I heard Kaplan will be reffing the finals… 😀

    I reckon he is in control of the games he blows..my humble opinion.. 😉

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.10.08 11:26:16 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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  • Thankfully Jaco VDW and God won’t be there next week…

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.10.08 12:34:44 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • Nothing strange here, EVERYBODY hates the Bulls if you are not bullish yourself. 😈

    @Ice Sharkadelic Babe (Comment 8) : Your opinion are never humble… 🙄 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.10.08 13:12:13 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 9) : hehehe :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.10.08 13:18:27 by McLovin Reply

  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 9) : What does a person say to a statement like this?? Nothing I suppose…but I really do take exception…

    Could you not rather have left it at only Jaco?

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.10.08 13:20:34 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 9) : Not very nice at all Bryce 😡

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.10.08 13:29:04 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 9) : Back away from that one, buddy. Can of worms we don’t need opened here. Thanks

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.10.08 14:14:21 by robdylan (Go Sharks!) Reply
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  • This article is sooooooooooooo true.

    We ALL know that JK hates the Sharks not the Bulls.

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.10.08 15:08:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I have heard about the unhappiness after the 2005 and 2006 Currie Cup finals, in which Jonathan was the referee. The Bulls lost one and the other one was a draw.

    Although after them not winning in 2005, 2006 and now 2008, it will definately give the Bulls more to moan about. 😛

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.10.08 15:12:08 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 12) : @Pokkel (Comment 13) : @robdylan (Go Sharks!) (Comment 14) :

    Consider myself backed away…

    Didn’t realise there were so many closet Jaco fans 😉

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.10.08 15:38:11 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 9) : 😆

    @KSA Shark © (Comment 15) : Sounds like panic in the ranks already

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.10.08 15:40:26 by Sauce Reply
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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 17) : You’re going to hell. 😆 😉

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.10.08 15:45:04 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 19) : Hey! That means you too!

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.10.08 15:49:40 by robdylan (Go Sharks!) Reply
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  • @Sauce (Comment 18) :

    Nah I am just trying to see things from TT’s perspective. 🙂

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.10.08 16:56:18 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Go Sharks!) (Comment 20) : Couldn’t resist. 😀

  • Comment 22, posted at 16.10.08 17:02:40 by McLovin Reply

  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 9) : Seems he wants to return to the Bulls next year.

  • Comment 23, posted at 17.10.08 13:25:00 by McLovin Reply


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