Semi-final refs announced

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content on 16 Oct 2012 at 11:31
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SA Rugby has confirmed the refereeing appointments for this weekend’s round of matches, which include the Currie Cup semi-finals.

Mark Lawrence will be in the middle when the Sharks take on the Blue Bulls in Durban, in the first semi-final which kicks off at 16h30. Marius Jonker will blow the Lions v WP game which take place in Johannesburg later in the day.

In addition, Jonathan Kaplan will be in charge when the Cheetahs take on the EP Kings in the home legs of their promotion-relegation battle. That game takes place no Friday night.


  • I’m ok with that. As long as VAN doesn’t come to reffing a Sharks game I’ll be happy.

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.10.12 11:55:43 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 1) : Add Legoete to that sentiment

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.10.12 11:56:20 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Suprised jonker wasn’t doing the bulls sharks game…maybe the union doesn’t have enough money to give him seeing as they signed everyone else

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.10.12 11:59:55 by shaniboi Reply

  • @shaniboi (Comment 3) : 😀

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.10.12 12:11:00 by Dunx Reply

  • Have to say, I’m never excited when Lawrence refs a Sharks game! Last year in the final I feel he had a few very bad calls, especially in the scrums…will have to wait and see

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.10.12 12:14:17 by HeinF Reply

  • The Lions must be breathing a sigh of relief that Kaplan is not blowing their game, his hatchet job on the Cheetahs this last weekend was a bit too obvious.

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.10.12 12:16:41 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • The Lions have only won one game when Mr Plonker blew ! He hates the Lions with passion so cheers CC !

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.10.12 13:13:17 by rooibont Reply

  • Lawrence’s interpretation of the scrum laws is horrendous…he doesn’t have any common sense when it comes to making penalty decisions at scrum time…he has cost us before. He very often gives the penalty the wrong way.

    For example he would give a penalty for a loose head prop not scrumming straight when it was actually the tighthead that scrummed towards the hooker and forced the loosehead to follow.

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.10.12 14:56:13 by JJR Reply
  • @rooibont (Comment 7) :
    Not really true that one. Since 2003, Jonker has reffed the Lions in 15 Currie Cup games, which they won 7. Of these 15 games, seven were at home (won four) and eight were away (won three).

    Jonker reffing province is similar, 15 Currie cup games, province won seven. Five were home games (won four) and 10 were away(won three)

    Interestingly, Jonker has reffed five Lions/province Currie Cup games, and the Lions have won four of those, the only province win coming in week 6, 2011.

    In the last 10 years of Currie Cup, Lions have played province 21 times, Lions winning 11 of those, and province winning nine. There was one draw, back in 2003, at Ellis Park.

    Of those 21 games, 11 were in Joburg, Lions won nine. province have only won once in Joburg in the last 10 years, week three of 2005, by 38-23. Lions have beaten province twice in cape town in the last ten years, this year, 22-9, and in 2004 by 35-26.

    The one time we lost to province with Jonker as a ref was in cape town last year, by 26-28.

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.10.12 16:14:26 by Greg Reply

  • @Greg (Comment 9) :
    Mark Lawrence in charge of a sharks/bulls game reveals the following:
    Lawrence has reffed the sharks 25 times in Currie cup in the last ten years, of which they won 17! 11 were at home(won 9) and 14 away(won 8). He has reffed the bulls 23 times in the same period, of which they won 15. Eight were at home(won 7) and 15 away(won 8).

    Lawrence handling a sharks/bulls encounter, sharks won five, and bulls one, the only bulls win coming at durban in 2006. 2007,2008,2009 and this year in durban were won by the sharks, as was 2011 in pretoria.

    In ten years of currie cup action, sharks have met bulls 21 times, winning 13, with eight going the way of the bulls. Of these 21 games, 11 were played in durban, with the sharks prevailing nine times. The two blots on the record books are the 2006 Lawrence game(32-50), as well as in 2004(23-27).

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.10.12 16:26:14 by Greg Reply

  • Thank you Greg, it is nice to hear the voice of reason when it comes to referees. I love this site, but the bitching from many of our bloggers regarding refereeing is really over the top and and has almost no basis in fact. Granted the TMO decisions have been questionable at times but I saw no bias, just incompetence.

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.10.12 20:15:09 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • The problem is that nothing happens to ref and tmo after making these incompetant decisions, if a player or coach complain to much they get fined and still nothing is done to the incompetant official. That’s the big problem for most of us bitching bloggers.

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.10.12 20:30:14 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 12) : Your point is well made, however, it has nothing to do with these ongoing accusations that certain refs are biased. Just nothing to back that up.

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.10.12 23:51:13 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 12) : That is just not true. There is a system in place where every official gets rated on every game (including input from the captains, I think) and based on this games are awarded and better referees get bigger games, promoted to internationals etc. If they have to throw out every ref that has a bad game, we would have no refs left – the guys that are blowing the big games are the best we have – it’s that simple.

    What would be great is for this process to be transparent so we (the fans) could see how and why refs are appointed.

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.10.12 02:26:36 by MysticShark Reply
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