Rassie Erasmus says that the uncertainty around the No 1 ranking should have referees heading into the World Cup with no preconceived ideas about one team’s dominance. JON CARDINELLI in Tokyo reports.
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika and former captain Phil Kearns have slammed the officiating at Ellis Park and questioned the overall standard of elite referees after Australia’s loss to the Boks.
TJ Perenara has suggested it was ‘clear and obvious’ that the Hurricanes should have been awarded a penalty in the dying moments of Saturday’s semi-final against the Crusaders.
Referee Marius van der Westhuizen will be in charge of the match between the Sharks and Lions at Kings Park in Durban on Saturday.
Australian Nic Berry will be in charge of the match between the Stormers and Crusaders at Newlands on Saturday.
Mike Fraser will take charge of the Stormers’ final match on tour against the Rebels in Melbourne on Friday.
Accuracy and fairness should be prized above entertainment as rugby looks to win back the fans, writes JON CARDINELLI.
AJ Jacobs has been appointed to the 15-man panel of Vodacom Super Rugby referees.
Former Test referee Jonathan Kaplan on recent controversial calls, the role of the TMO, the benefits of a two-referee system and having only two South African referees on World Rugby’s panel.
The SA Rugby referees panels were confirmed on Wednesday, with nine referees, including Jaco Peyper, named in the Premier panel.