Sharks receive Kaplan boost

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 16 Jul 2012 at 08:31
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In something of an unexpected move, both the Sharks and the Bulls will have South African referees for their Super Rugby play-off games this weekend.

SANZAR has confirmed the appointments for the first round of qualification games – erroneously referred to as “quarter finals” in some circles – with Jaco Peyper and Jonathan Kaplan both rewarded for consistent form throughout the regular season.

Peyper will take charge as the Crusaders face the Bulls in Christchurch in the earlier game, while Kaplan will be in the middle as the Reds face the Sharks in Brisbane later in the day.

2012 Super Rugby Finals Series

Super Rugby Qualifiers (Week One of SRFS) referee appointments

Saturday 21 July, 2012
Crusaders versus Bulls
AMI Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand
Kick off (1935 local, 1935 NZT, 1735 NSW/ACT, 0935SAT, 0735 GMT)
R Jaco Peyper
AR Keith Brown
AR Glen Jackson
TMO Garratt Williamson

Saturday 21 July, 2012
Reds versus Sharks
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia
Kick off (1940 local, 2140 NZT, 1940 NSW/ACT, 1140SAT, 0940 GMT)
R Jonathan Kaplan
AR Craig Joubert
AR James Leckie
TMO Matt Goddard


  • 😯

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.07.12 08:40:02 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 1) : Couldn’t have said it better myself!

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.07.12 08:47:28 by Die Kriek Reply

  • Looking at the last two weeks, I would’ve preferred Peyper… 😉

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.07.12 08:49:01 by SharksRTB Reply

  • I don’t know about Kaplan.

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.07.12 09:14:19 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 4) : I don’t think the Reds will be too upset. Kaplan is very harsh on the sharks.

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.07.12 09:15:17 by Letgo Reply
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  • Not sure if thats a boost for the Sharks.

    Kaplan loves to show how unbiased he is by completely blowing against the team he’s thought to be biased towards.

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.07.12 09:17:22 by John Galt Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 5) : My thoughts exactly. Would have preferred Peyper. Much more consistent.

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.07.12 09:18:29 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • Can ANYONE tell me why Jean Deysel`s dropped from the squad???? Wonder if he`s on the lookout for other provinces?? 👿

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.07.12 09:32:58 by VanWilder Reply

  • @SharksRTB (Comment 3) : @Just a Fan (Comment 7) : Make that x3 – Kaplan still beats having a kiwi or ozzie ref though

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.07.12 09:33:15 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @JarsonX (Comment 1) : Shouldn’t the heading have been ‘Sharks receive Kaplan blow’?

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.07.12 09:52:10 by StevieS Reply
  • @StevieS (Comment 10) : I’m still undecided about this being a good or a bad thing.

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.07.12 09:58:09 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @VanWilder (Comment 8) : Because we have 5 other loosies. Jean was injured until very late in the season. He’s competing for a spot with Alberts and Coetzee. Kanko offers line-out options, is still a Sprinbok and is in the form of his life. Botes has been with the team since the start. You can only play that many loose forwards. Plum has finally come to his senses and decided to play our more than capable locks at lock. There’s only so much place in one team. That’s the way life goes.

    Don’t worry, Jean will get plenty of chances to prove himself during the CC and will by then be completely over his injury and ready to play himself back into super rugby contention.

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.07.12 10:25:06 by Letgo Reply
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  • at least we dont have bryce..remember how that turned out.Anyways the sharks need to beat the reds with or without the need to rely on the ref whe you have 15 good enough players to beat anyone.Lets hope the boys dont pull a 2011 and come out guns blazing.I really want to see the guys show true character as we know as inconsistant as the sharks have been when they perform they show greatness.

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.07.12 10:37:31 by shaniboi Reply

  • @Letgo (Comment 12) : understand 100%. Its wonderful to have such depth in the loose forward department, but i feel for Deysel. I`m a huge fan, hope he can be patient. Also great that Plum puts so much trust in our youngster (Marcell and Du toit). We as fans have been calling for it the last few seasons.

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.07.12 10:38:04 by VanWilder Reply

  • @VanWilder (Comment 14) : I think Deysel knows why he’s not part of the Super Rugby plans and I think he’s happy not to have been forced back to early again and get himself injured again. that knee of him has been a big problem. His injury should be fine now and he should be fresh and ready to put in a few huge performances for us in the CC. I also think Plum (if Keegan is with the Boks) may make him captain for the CC.

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.07.12 10:47:04 by Letgo Reply
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  • @VanWilder (Comment 14) : Going to another union won’t help him. We have so many great loosies current and up and coming, even with his talent, he’ll find it hard to open up a starting place in any SA team.

    I do think he should be selected ahead of Keegan at 6 though. If Keegan doesn’t play 8, he should be playing of the bench (if all our loosies are fit). We have Deysel and Botes who is better than he is there. Here’s the best Sharks combo’s imo.


    Or even


    A huge loose trio

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.07.12 10:52:43 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 16) : Agree with you. The papers just lets it sound worse than it actually is.

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.07.12 11:07:35 by VanWilder Reply

  • Happy Kaplan is going to ref our game…he is a fair ref and that’s all I want. No Bryce Lawrence please…no

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.07.12 11:13:49 by GreatSharksays Reply


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