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Kaplan (14) v (1) Tahs

Written by Gwyn Pratley (Hertford Highlander)

Posted in :Bulls, In the news, Other SA Teams, Super Rugby on 29 Apr 2011 at 05:55
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Jamie Pandaram writes on Rugby Heaven that going on history, the Waratahs will not welcome the appointment of controversial referee Jonathan Kaplan to the Waratahs’ match against the Rebels.

The Waratahs have a mind-boggling record of 14 losses and one win in the 15 matches Kaplan has controlled involving them. If the unlucky losing streak under Kaplan continues tomorrow night and other results go against them, the Waratahs could be as far as nine points adrift of the top six by the end of round 11.

Kaplan has incensed the Waratahs on many occasions, but never more so than the 2006 semi-final against the Hurricanes. During that match he awarded the Hurricanes a dubious scrum penalty after which Jimmy Gopperth kicked the winning goal, with the Hurricanes running out 16-14 winners.

Kaplan’s most recent Super Rugby match was the Rebels’ first-ever victory, in round two against the Brumbies. In the final moments, the Rebels were awarded a much-criticised penalty for a push at a scrum by Brumbies prop Salesi Ma’afu, and Danny Cipriani duly kicked the winning goal.

Kaplan then came in for some serious heat after awarding an invalid try to Wales in the Six Nations against Ireland that again proved decisive. Since then he has not been given a Super Rugby match, until now.

The Herald was unable to reach Kaplan for comment last night.

The last time he took charge of a Waratahs match was in April 2009, when they were defeated 20-6 by the Bulls, ending an 11-match winning streak at the SFS.

The Herald’s match report read: ”… the game was rapidly becoming cruelled by the pedantic refereeing of South African whistle blower Jonathan Kaplan. His most incredulous call was when he pinged NSW prop Benn Robinson for tackling Bulls fullback Zane Kirchner in the air in the 55th minute. If anything, it was Kirchner who jumped into Robinson on the ground. Steyn kicked a penalty after the decision.

”But throughout the night Kaplan called forward passes that were not and penalised NSW’s scrum for infringements they didn’t understand.

”At the 57th minute NSW tight-head prop Dan Palmer even asked Kaplan for guidance after being penalised in the last two scrums.

”Kaplan replied: ‘I can’t remember.’

”Even the Bulls were flummoxed by many calls.”

Robinson said the wet weather would make scrums a key element of this contest, and was confident after recently dominating rivals in that area. ”As a forward pack, you always want to have that momentum or that consistency. We talk a lot about consistency in the scrums, and I think over the last few weeks we’ve been getting that,” Robinson said.

”I think the scrum is going to play a big role this weekend. The weather might close in a little bit, and there’ll be a few dropped balls, and the scrums will play a big role.

”As much as I like free-flowing rugby, I love to get my head into those scrums again.”


  • He does have an element of Stuart Dickinson about his whistle blowing ! 😯

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.04.11 05:57:11 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 1) : Mind boggling that he gets selected for the WC and Mark Lawrence doesn’t.

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.04.11 07:13:41 by Ben Reply
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  • I can name another team that will have similar stats with referees like the Waratahs 😉

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.04.11 07:20:17 by Viking Reply
  • @Ben (Comment 2) : Kappy is having one of the worst seasons ever. I just hope he doesn’t continue his bad form in the WC and make SA look bad.

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.04.11 07:22:03 by Viking Reply
  • @Viking (Comment 4) : I’ve never liked old Kaplan. That penalty against the Brumbies was a real shocker!

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.04.11 07:33:14 by Ben Reply
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  • I’m no expert in the refereeing department but I think Craig Joubert is over rated. Mark Lawrence is our best reff imo.

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.04.11 07:35:04 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 6) :

    Nice chap too…. had a bit of a chat to him here in Dunedin when he reffed us against the cheating Chiefs.

    ….I pointed out a few things he needed to watch out for ! 😆

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.04.11 07:42:20 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • HH that “invalid ” try against Ireland was definatly not Kappies fault, I’m sure you know that story clearly so why add sensational fuel to the fire…

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.04.11 07:44:28 by ruggabugga Reply

  • @ruggabugga (Comment 8) : HH didn’t write this article.

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.04.11 07:49:12 by Ben Reply
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  • @ruggabugga (Comment 8) :

    I think he may stoke his own fire ! I’m just an observer !

    Which reminds me I better hit the road ! 😉

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.04.11 07:58:17 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 9) : 😉

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.04.11 07:58:35 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @ruggabugga (Comment 8) :

    I think you are missing the point chap..

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.04.11 08:37:00 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • hehe – since when is Kaplan a controversial referee…

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.04.11 09:07:03 by rekinek Reply
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  • Rich is the point a witch hunt,is the IRB such a bunch of idiots to appoint such an inept ref for the w/c?please explain the point..

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.04.11 09:09:00 by ruggabugga Reply

  • Well it is 14 to 2 now seeing as the Waratahs won that game.

    let’s see how they do with Kaplan being appointed to the Sharks v Waratahs game 😛

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.05.11 20:06:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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