Super Rugby: SA referees to take charge of semis and final

2011-06-23 00:00

SOUTH African referees Mark Lawrence and Craig Joubert will take charge of the Super Rugby semi-finals and final. Sanzar confirmed the appointments yesterday.

The Sanzar referee selection team have appointed Bryce Lawrence, Chris Pollock, Jonathan Kaplan and Craig Joubert to control the two quarter-final qualifiers, the two semi-finals and the final.

Lawrence and Pollock will referee the qualifiers this weekend — Lawrence taking charge of the Crusaders vs Sharks in Nelson on Saturday and Pollock refereeing the clash between the Blues and the Waratahs in Auckland tomorrow.

Kaplan and Joubert will be in charge of the semi-finals next weekend with Kaplan set to referee the Reds’ home tie in Brisbane and Joubert due to take the whistle for the Stormers home semi-final in Cape Town.

Lawrence will also referee the final after the selectors decided he had been the best performing referee throughout the competition.

Sanzar game manager Lyndon Bray said he is satisfied that the processes applied in 2011 has culminated in these four referees being selected for the Super Rugby finals series. “In terms of the four selected, I am delighted for each of them, as they have all worked incredibly hard to deliver the best possible outcomes for the teams and the game in this competition,” Bray said.

If the scores in the quarter-final games this weekend are tied at full-time, two lots of extra time will be played, followed, if necessary, by a penalty shoot-out. — Sports Reporter.

Super Rugby semi-final appointments

Saturday July 2, Reds vs TBC in Brisbane 11:40 SA — Referee: Jonathan Kaplan.

Saturday July 2, Stormers vs TBC in Cape Town, 17:05 — Referee: Craig Joubert.

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