Rasta takes charge

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 12 Jul 2016 at 06:44
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In a spot of good news this week, excellent young referee Rasta Rashivenga will blow the Sharks’ final Super Rugby pool game, against the Sunwolves in Durban on Friday.

Rashivenga was one of Stuart Berry’s assistants when the Sharks beat the Cheetahs on Saturday. This week, he’ll hold the whistle himself, with Cwengile Jadezweni and Archi Sehlako running the touch lines.

Marius Jonker is TMO for the match, which kicks off at 7pm on Friday at Kings Park.


  • I’ll wait until after the game before I decide whether this is good news or not….refereeing this season has been iffy at best.

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.07.16 07:02:05 by FireTheLooser Reply
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 1) : He is a lot like Berry for me, tend to let things go, so that the game can flow, not always a good thing especially when teams are crossing the offside boundaries, think that might be something he carries over from the 7’s circuit

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.07.16 07:13:57 by Henkb Reply
  • @Henkb (Comment 2) : Agreed Rasta does like the game to flow so does let some things go. He does have a better understanding of the game than Berry in my opinion though. I dont think a lot of SA refs are strong in the very technical areas of the scrum, breakdown and lineout…they do let the game flow but i find they are not consistent in those technical areas. That being said if a team is relying on a ref in order to achieve success they arent doing things right on the field.

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.07.16 07:49:46 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 3) : very true, a team should no rely on a ref to assist in the game, i would just like to see them being consistent both ways, and not like a couple of games where one team gets blown for a certain infringement and the other not, and I’m not referring only to Sharks games, this seems to be a thing on most of the games I have watched throughout the season so far, best SR ref so far in my opinion this year is Glen Jackson

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.07.16 07:58:09 by Henkb Reply
  • @SheldonK (Comment 3) : You beat me to it. If the Sharks need the ref’s help to beat the Sunwolves we’re in far worse shape than I thought.

    @Henkb (Comment 4) : Got to agree about Glen Jackson.

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.07.16 08:06:50 by Hulk Reply

  • @Henkb (Comment 4) : @Hulk (Comment 5) : Yeh Glen Jackson is a good one i agree. I think a lot of refs whether deliberate or not benefit the side going forward/dominating…whether the dominance/go forward is totally legal or not.

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.07.16 08:17:18 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Hulk (Comment 5) : @SheldonK (Comment 6) : I understand that they are also only human, what is worrying to me is the amount of different interpretations for key area’s, and I understand that this is based on a human factor, and that it will never be exactly the same unless you replace all of them with a bunch of bot’s, and even more so the TMO’s, there were some real shocking calls all over the games this season, and yet at the end of the day the TMO got the luxury of reviews and a couple of them on different angles

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.07.16 08:35:07 by Henkb Reply
  • @Hulk (Comment 5) : @SheldonK (Comment 6) : the game might be in need of more ref’s that actually played the game professionally like Glen Jackson, as I feel they have the inside track and better understanding about the game than the guys that never played professional rugby

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.07.16 08:37:33 by Henkb Reply
  • @Henkb (Comment 7) : @Henkb (Comment 8) : I think we need to remember that rugby has laws not rules so yes interpretation is a fundamental part of refereeing the game. And not all interpretations will be the same just like not all teams approach the game in the same way. So for me im not too fussed about different interpretations. What i want to see is more effective help from the assistant refs and then less mistakes from the TMO-i cannot fathom TMO mistakes when some are so clear.

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.07.16 09:01:04 by SheldonK Reply

  • I see the Cheetahs have laid an official complaint with SARU and SANZAAR over the way Stuart Berry reffed the game last weekend.

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.07.16 09:24:03 by SheldonK Reply

  • What a joke!

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.07.16 10:06:45 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 10) : The bulls are probably funding it ๐Ÿ™„

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.07.16 10:15:21 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 12) : Bulls have Cheetahs this weekend so maybe they want Berry for that game…

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.07.16 10:18:33 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 13) : Still think a lot of refs would have penalised Ox for scrumming in….that will kill any momentum the tsieats have – we’ll see this weekend.

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.07.16 10:33:07 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 14) : On top of that, they were scrumming 8v7, it should have been 7v7

  • Comment 15, posted at 12.07.16 10:41:15 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 14) : If the tighthead is scrumming in as much as Coenie did then its very difficult to pink the loosehead for scrumming in as the ref will just see it as him following the tighhead in. It was very obvious from the setup that Coenie started in on the angle. The difference with Adriaanse is that he started straight and turned in only after going forward.

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.07.16 10:42:01 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 15) : Why 7 v 7?

  • Comment 17, posted at 12.07.16 10:42:32 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 17) : Beast’s yellow should have been a double yellow, Maks retaliated with two of his own, and may have given Beast a shot to start the altercation if you look at the way his head moves before the yellow card hit.

  • Comment 18, posted at 12.07.16 10:49:02 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 16) : Yeah look, Coenie’s frailties at th didn’t help our cause.

    Sharks need to make a heard decision: if Coenie can’t play loose head, then he’s not good enough for Super Rugby….question is, do we have a backup th to replace Coenie?

  • Comment 19, posted at 12.07.16 10:55:47 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 18) : Ah ok, i was watching on tv and didnt see Maks do anything besides push and hold Beast after the scrum. Beast was just upset that a youngster who was at the Sharks shoved him backwards.

  • Comment 20, posted at 12.07.16 10:59:04 by SheldonK Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 19) : The problem is Coenie has a Bok contract and i suspect Sharks paid some good money for him to play tighthead. So im thinking the financial reason is trumping the rugby reason at the moment. DuToits transfer to tighthead seems to have been shelved too (perhaps that was the reason for his injuries of late?) So at tighthead besides Coenie there is Adriaanse and after that….Schoeman and Engelbrecht maybe both think both are more looseheads.

  • Comment 21, posted at 12.07.16 11:01:39 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 21) : Every year there’s a position or two, where we try to retro-fit someone into a position they’re not made for.

    If it’s not trying to force a fullback to play flyhalf, then it’s a 4 lock at 7 or an inside centre at flank….now we’re stuck on the Loose Head at Tight Head experiment – it didn’t work with John Smit, why persist with it with Thomas and Coenie? It doesn’t work.

    Find a tight head, contract him as a tight head, and play him at tight head. ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

  • Comment 22, posted at 12.07.16 11:06:32 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 22) : I think Thomas is way to big and tall for a tighthead so id be glad to hear that experiment is over (hopefully). Coenie has the build to be a tighthead but needs to lose weight and concentrate. There arent many good tightheads in SA to be honest. A lot of the youngsters are very lightweight so get dominated by the heavier opposition who may not be technically good. I cant think of any SA tighthead that the Sharks could sign…

  • Comment 23, posted at 12.07.16 11:09:50 by SheldonK Reply

  • I see that the Lions, is following in the Bulls foot steps in resting all of their current bok players for the trip to Argentina, I think this will concede the top spot they have, the Argies at home is no walk over

  • Comment 24, posted at 12.07.16 11:58:20 by Henkb Reply
  • @Henkb (Comment 24) : That is stupid , I mean why not rest those stars in the QF against the Sharks we won’t mind I promise :mrgreen:

  • Comment 25, posted at 12.07.16 12:18:51 by John Reply

  • @Henkb (Comment 24) : Lions are going to lose. So we jump on a plane and go beat the chiefs in new Zealand? Done.

  • Comment 26, posted at 12.07.16 12:29:21 by Dragnipur Reply
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  • @Dragnipur (Comment 26) : I would rather want to face the Lions in SA then the Chiefs in NZ

  • Comment 27, posted at 12.07.16 12:49:37 by John Reply

  • @John (Comment 25) : now there is a plan, we must maybe take it and present it to JA

  • Comment 28, posted at 12.07.16 12:54:21 by Henkb Reply
  • @Henkb (Comment 28) : well I heard he is very open minded haha ,not like GG !! get ball run into first player and hope for the best and if that fails get the ball and kick it to the most dangerous player in the others teams back 3 , and that is the entire sharks gameplan , easy to learn hard to master

  • Comment 29, posted at 12.07.16 13:00:18 by John Reply

  • @Henkb (Comment 24) : Ackers is giving us a preview of the Currie Cup team for later this year. The Jaguares will be no pushover but they’ve only won 2 matches at home – against the Kings and a second string Bulls side.

    Massive statement of trust in his fringe players by Ackers

  • Comment 30, posted at 12.07.16 13:22:30 by Baylion Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 30) : Very true, some of the guys do have experience, but most of them are untested, the Jaguares is a different cattle of fish all together at home, I really hope for your guys sake these new player can keep it together so that you wont loose the top spot,

    I still think it is a good side, but I’m 50/50 on this call now, it will be good exposure also for them and to see where the CC depth will be at

  • Comment 31, posted at 12.07.16 13:31:49 by Henkb Reply
  • @John (Comment 29) : I think you not seeing the whole picture, go and have a look at the stats on either the official Sanzar site or where ever you want to, we at the Sharks are actually not that bad in comparison to the other unions, yes it is not all rosey and we not seeing a well balanced game plan as yet, but all good things have to start somewhere, we had a lot contributing to this season, just take our injuries into consideration, and compare that to lets say the crusaders, you will see that there is a huge difference so they mange to play almost the same core of senior players week in and week out, the same with the Chiefs, even the Lions had some injuries this year but not to the same extent as what we did, so tell me then if that will make cohesion and game plans as easy as 123 for each and every game?

  • Comment 32, posted at 12.07.16 13:51:14 by Henkb Reply
  • @Henkb (Comment 32) : HAHA I was having a lil joke but I do get your point no they are not that bad at all but I have been coached by GG and RdP , I am playing Currie cup atm I will keep to myself who I am and for who I play , Jammer oom :mrgreen:

  • Comment 33, posted at 12.07.16 14:24:57 by John Reply

  • @John (Comment 33) : John Smit take off your mask ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Comment 34, posted at 12.07.16 14:28:31 by SheldonK Reply

  • @John (Comment 33) : @SheldonK (Comment 34) : No John, don’t get me wrong, I understood exactly what you were saying and and that it was light harted, just thought I should point out a couple of things

    and please not oom, think I might not have played Pumas aged group rugby to long before you did play age group rugby :mrgreen:

  • Comment 35, posted at 12.07.16 14:35:33 by Henkb Reply
  • Eish Lambie still not available for this week….

  • Comment 36, posted at 12.07.16 14:53:12 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 36) : ๐Ÿ™ better to be cautious with him now, on the other hand it will give April some more game time though

  • Comment 37, posted at 12.07.16 14:54:21 by Henkb Reply
  • Let’s hope the Sharks can beat the Sunwolves and get some confidence before the play offs!!!!

  • Comment 38, posted at 12.07.16 15:09:44 by JD Reply
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  • Lions send there vodacom cup team (except for Akker) to ARG

    lucky buggers, we had no such luck had to win over there with on fit scrummie

    I dont think this will affect their form at all, generally resting players just before the play-off is a bad idea is rugby, even a bye week just before play-offs is bad thing 80 percent of the time. where as in football its usually a good thing. I think it will help the lions as faf and elton need a rest

    Lions โ€“ 15 Sylvian Mahuza, 14 Koch Marx, 13 Stokkies Hanekom, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Ross Cronjรฉ (c), 8 Cyle Brink, 7 Robert Kruger, 6 Stef de Witt, 5 Lourens Erasmus, 4 Martin Muller, 3 Jacques van Rooyen, 2 Akker van der Merwe, 1 Cornรฉ Fourie.
    Subs: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Clinton Theron, 18 Pieter Scholtz, 19 Fabian Booysen, 20 Ruaan Lerm, 21 Dillon Smit, 22 Jacques Nel, 23 Shaun Reynolds, 24 Bobby de Wee, 25 Ashlon Davids.

  • Comment 39, posted at 12.07.16 15:23:46 by revolverocelot Reply

  • Gold says that Beast will be rested against Sunwolves. So DuToit to start with Keegan Daniel as captain me thinks…

  • Comment 40, posted at 12.07.16 15:45:11 by SheldonK Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 39) : could cost them top spot on the overall log!

  • Comment 41, posted at 12.07.16 19:43:48 by JD Reply
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  • @Henkb (Comment 37) : I tend to agree this is a good confidence builder for him. And we can get our new fullback some more exposure too.

  • Comment 42, posted at 12.07.16 19:54:04 by coolfusion Reply

  • @JD (Comment 41) : Or its smart boxing…

  • Comment 43, posted at 12.07.16 19:56:26 by coolfusion Reply

  • Ah yeah and if they end second who do they face ? Landers, that wont be easy 4 them

  • Comment 44, posted at 12.07.16 19:57:20 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @JD (Comment 41) : Will cost them top spot…there is no way that these Argies drop another game in SR, especially not in their last game before doing national duty in the championship.

  • Comment 45, posted at 12.07.16 21:20:48 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 43) : @FireTheLooser (Comment 45) : so basically it will ensure the Sharks travel to NZ (if the beat the Sunwolves) and Lions will face an overseas team.

  • Comment 46, posted at 12.07.16 21:49:48 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 46) : Sharks will face either the Chiefs or Saders in NZ (if my permutations are correct), and Lions then most likely face the Canes….not sure which team Ackerman would prefer….as for the Sharks, our boys have played their best rugby against kiwi opposition – seems to bind the boys together.

  • Comment 47, posted at 12.07.16 22:22:01 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 47) : personally I would have gone for the top spot as it would have ensured a home final (if you reach it), but it also make sence to have an overseas team fly here to play rather than face another SA team.

  • Comment 48, posted at 12.07.16 23:34:34 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 48) : Lets say Lions are being patriotic and give the SA sides a route for maximum teams to progres…

    Key Lions players look jaded and need a rest but that top spot is a massive carrot as a NZ team would struggle to win a final at Ellis Park based on finals history.

    brave call but I am sure it was combined decision with union pres and co

  • Comment 49, posted at 13.07.16 05:24:29 by Kabouter Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 34) : Haha telling me I am John Smit that is very nasty !! @Henkb (Comment 35) : I guess you must be very young then

  • Comment 50, posted at 13.07.16 06:38:06 by John Reply

  • Well we are in the precarious position of not having any strategic choices left to us. The teams with the points get the luxury of playing with the odds. We just have to eat what’s in front of us. It may be nihilistic but does anyone really give any of our SA teams odds for progressing past quarter or semi’s?

  • Comment 51, posted at 13.07.16 06:56:07 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 51) : I think the Lions might make it to the Final

  • Comment 52, posted at 13.07.16 07:33:29 by John Reply

  • @John (Comment 50) : Its only nasty if i called you John Smit the prop ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Comment 53, posted at 13.07.16 07:51:48 by SheldonK Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 51) : Well eating whats in front of him is Coenie’s speciality…maybe he should start then

  • Comment 54, posted at 13.07.16 07:52:35 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 53) : As if John Smit the hooker is any better

  • Comment 55, posted at 13.07.16 08:04:36 by John Reply

  • @John (Comment 55) : Well he did win a little gold cup doing that at least… ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Comment 56, posted at 13.07.16 08:14:33 by SheldonK Reply


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