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The Hand of Goddard returns

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 31 Mar 2009 at 07:04
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He’s back. Card-toting Australian rugby referee Matt Goddard has had his slap on the wrist and has been set loose on the Super 14 again.

Marc Hinton reports for Rugbyheaven NZ that SANZAR’s list of referee appointments for the upcoming round of matches has confirmed the officious Aussie, who was stood down after an over-the-top performance in the round-six Hurricanes-Bulls match in the capital, has been given a chance to show he’s learnt his lesson.

Goddard dished out five yellow cards and one red one in the Canes-Bulls match as he took a zero-tolerance policy into ruling on the breakdown.

He also showed some fairly dubious player management techniques in the match, calling into question his ability to handle this area of the game.

Sanzar referee officials in New Zealand and Australia confirmed Goddard had been stood down a week while he undertook his review process out of the match.

It was found that at least two of the cards issued were incorrect rulings and officials said he was to be taken through his performance and advised accordingly.

Still, New Zealand fans can breathe a little easier as Goddard will only be eased back into action via what is the round’s lowest profile fixture, the clash between wooden-spooners the Cheetahs and the ACT Brumbies in Bloemfontein.

It’s to be hoped he’s learnt his lesson, and the proof will be in the pudding at the weekend.

Experienced South African whistle-blower Craig Joubert will take charge of what could be the clash of the round, the Bulls’ visit to Christchurch to take on the defending champion Crusaders.

The Cantabs have won two in a row to arrest their month-long decline and the Bulls are coming off their first defeat of the campaign, against the Highlanders in Palmerston North.

Aussie Paul Marks will have the whistle as the rampant Chiefs look to continue their stunning run of form at home against the Lions on Saturday night, while South African Marius Jonker will be in charge for the other contender for match of the round, the Hurricanes’ visit to the table-topping Sharks in the wee hours of Sunday morning, NZ time.

Referee appointments for week 8 of the Super 14:
Crusaders v Bulls, Christchurch (Craig Joubert, SA);
Western Force v Queensland Reds, Perth (Stuart Dickinson, Aus).

Chiefs v Lions, Hamilton (Paul Marks, Aus);
NSW Waratahs v Stormers, Sydney (Bryce Lawrence, NZ).
Cheetahs v Brumbies, Bloemfontein (Matt Goddard, Aus);
Sharks v Hurricanes, Durban (Marius Jonker, SA).


  • If ever all eyes were on a referee, I think it will be in Bloemfontein on Saturday afternoon.

  • Comment 1, posted at 31.03.09 07:24:33 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Bulls and Crusaders to draw. That would be a great result for the Sharks.

  • Comment 2, posted at 31.03.09 08:07:36 by Baldrick Reply
  • @Baldrick (Comment 2) :

    Amen to that!

  • Comment 3, posted at 31.03.09 08:22:32 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • ‘the proof will be in the pudding’ 🙄

  • Comment 4, posted at 31.03.09 09:35:05 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 4) : actually, the expression goes “the proof of the pudding will be in the eating”… 🙂

  • Comment 5, posted at 31.03.09 09:38:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) :

    Well it depends if it is anything like Kette’s mother’s Xmas Cake. then the 100 proof brandy is in the pudding. 😆


  • Comment 6, posted at 31.03.09 09:42:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : Exactly. It’s one of those little things I’m really pedantic about. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 31.03.09 09:44:52 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 7) : ah – I see. Good. It gets to me too.

  • Comment 8, posted at 31.03.09 09:48:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Baldrick (Comment 2) :

    Id rather play the Bulls over the Cane’s, Chiefs, or Tahs in the final…

  • Comment 9, posted at 31.03.09 10:17:42 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 9) :

    I think it was TT who mentioned this theory last week and I now subscribe to that theory.

    The Bulls must end Third. We don’t care who ends second provided the Sharks are 1st.

    that way the Bulls have to travel to Aus or NZ for the Semi and then whoever wins, hopefully the bulls have to come to Dbn for the final. Either way whoever comes to Durban for the final will have to FLY from Aus or NZ.

    Jetlag and Walla Sharks Are S14 2099 Champions.

  • Comment 10, posted at 31.03.09 10:30:46 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) : Hopefully we won’t have to wait for that long!

  • Comment 11, posted at 31.03.09 11:14:09 by Superwors Reply

  • @Superwors (Comment 11) : LOL!

  • Comment 12, posted at 31.03.09 11:22:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Superwors (Comment 11) : 😳 😳

    😆 😆

    Jetlag and Walla Sharks Are S14 2009 Champions

  • Comment 13, posted at 31.03.09 11:23:02 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 13) : who are the Walla Sharks?

  • Comment 14, posted at 31.03.09 12:19:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) :


    Jetlag and Walla!!!!!! The Sharks Are S14 2009 Champions

  • Comment 15, posted at 31.03.09 12:23:28 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 15) : Is ‘Walla’ the dutchman version of voila? 😉 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 31.03.09 12:32:54 by McLovin Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 15) : do you perhaps mean “voila”, you ignorant Dutchman? 🙂

  • Comment 17, posted at 31.03.09 12:36:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 16) : he he… great minds 🙂

  • Comment 18, posted at 31.03.09 12:37:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) :

    Hey in Kroonstad we use the W for a V in English. 👿


  • Comment 19, posted at 31.03.09 12:47:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 20, posted at 31.03.09 12:47:27 by McLovin Reply


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