Praise given

2015-07-08 06:00

JONATHAN KAPLAN, a retired South African referee, has praised the refereeing performance of Jaco Peyper in the Super Rugby final.

Peyper took charge of the final on Saturday in the Westpac Stadium in Wellington when the Highlanders upset the Hurricanes 21-14 in an entertaining game.

Kaplan commented on the match via his website, www.ratetheref.co.za.

He said it was a thrilling game of rugby played by the two best teams in the competition, but also had a special mention for his compatriot.

Kaplan wrote: “But perhaps the referee, Jaco Peyper, also needs to be mentioned in the same breath.

“He held his nerve beautifully throughout this fixture, allowed the game to develop at pace, explained his decisions well, prepared immaculately and ultimately delivered the platform for the best two teams in the competition to have a full crack at each other.

“The players decided the outcome, and the best team on the day won the game.”

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