Jackson handed Loftus whistle

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 15 Mar 2016 at 07:47
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It appears to be more good news on the reffing front for the Sharks, with another neutral ref, Kiwi Glen Jackson, to take charge when they play the Bulls at Loftus on Friday night.

As I wrote last week, I felt it was a good call to hand a neutral like Mike Fraser the job of blowing the big derby between the Sharks and Stormers; South African refs can often be a little too familiar with players in these kinds of games and in order to remove any hint whatsoever of bias (which is often more perceived than it is real) it makes sense to get a complete outsider to do the job instead.

Few will forget last year’s trip to Loftus, where two referees with uncomfortably close links to the Blue Bulls Rugby Unions were handed the fixture. While I’m sure they will stand by their decision, a huge stink erupted at the time when between Jaco van Heerden and TMO Johan Greeff, they somehow allowed a try to stand when the final pass to Bulls winger Francois Hougaard was clearly forward.

Jonathan Kaplan, who’s been in the news a fair bit this week, had the following to say at the time: “There were some emotional people after the game claiming that there was cheating or a bias towards the Bulls. This is simply untrue. This referee is a man of honour, an absolute gentleman, and he will be given the tools to improve over time. Whether he makes it, is as much up to him as it will be up to his customers’ views on his ability.

“I don’t think it is ideal to be appointing a Pretoria-based referee for this fixture. It’s all about perception, and errors made inadvertently for the home team are magnified,” added Kaplan.

I’m pleased to see that we won’t have a repeat of that incident this year; at least if Jackson gets something wrong this week, we’ll not be able to hit our favourite (and well worn) “conspiracy theory” button!

Stu Berry and Rasta Rasivhenge will be running touch for Jackson this week, with Willie Vos in the TMO box.


  • Decent officials.

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.03.16 07:54:59 by Seth101 Reply
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  • I like these neutral ref appointments. I wonder if this is by accident or design?

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.03.16 07:57:11 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Bring on the Bulls!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.03.16 08:25:32 by JD Reply
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  • Pumped for the game. Any Joburgers going to the game on Friday? Would love to join fellow Sharks and make a joll of it.

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.03.16 09:16:11 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • Much better to have neutral refs for these type of games. Thought Fraser did a superb job this week (despite what some Stormers and JK think). Hoping for more of the same from Jackson! 😛

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.03.16 09:33:28 by Another Nick Reply

    Another Nick
  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 4) : I’m from Pretoria, planning on going if rain clears up. Would definitely be interested in joining up.

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.03.16 09:33:53 by vanmartin Reply
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  • The winner of the most anti Shark/ Bull’s biased piece of refereeing in the history of rugby is still held by a Kiwi,turned Australian.
    So don’t get too excited by a ”neutral” Kiwi at Loftus.

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.03.16 09:59:42 by The hound Reply
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