Cape Town - The Crusaders say they are satisfied with the referee appointment for their Super Rugby quarter-final against the Sharks in Christchurch on Saturday.
New Zealand’s Mike Fraser will take charge of the clash scheduled for 09:35 (SA time).
He will have two Kiwi assistants in Ben O'Keeffe and Brendon Pickerill, while Shane McDermott will serve as the TMO.
The tournament’s governing body, SANZAAR, said this week that the selection of their referees was merit-based and that process included direct input from the Super Rugby coaches.
"We put our preferred four in," Crusaders coach Scott Robertson told the Stuff.co.nz website after naming his team on Thursday.
Robertson would, however, not confirm whether Fraser was his preferred choice.
"Did I get the one that we wanted?" the coach said with a laugh. "He was one of the four, and we had to have the reserve as well so he was probably in the five. We are happy with the ref appointment and we move on and play to the style that we know he refs."
15 David Havili, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Tim Perry
Substitutes: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Manasa Mataele
15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Kobus
van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Robert
du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6
Philip van der Walt, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Tyler Paul, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2
Akker van der Merwe, 1 Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Wian Vosloo, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Makazole Mapimpi