Unpopular Kiwi referee to handle Sharks game

2008-05-19 00:00

And now for the bad news. New Zealand referee Bryce Lawrence, who huffed and puffed and blew the Sharks away in the second half of their recent game against the Brumbies in Canberra, will be back to handle their Super 14 semi-final against the Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday.

Lawrence’s display was widely condemned, even by Australian commentators, yet he has been rewarded with the semi-final. His appointment is of obvious concern to the Sharks, though coach Dick Muir, asked about Lawrence on Saturday night, showed admirable self-control in restricting his response to an extravagant shrug of the shoulders.

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