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Fans Can’t Believe Jaco Peyper Will Referee The Super Rugby Final


It was confirmed late last night that South Africa’s Jaco Peyper will be the man in the middle for this weekend’s Super Rugby final.

Johan Ackerman’s Lions take on the Crusaders in Ellis Park at 3 PM GMT on Saturday.

SANZAAR announced the Bloemfontein native would be the man in the middle for the clash despite the fact a South African team (the Lions) is up against a New Zealand-based side (the Crusaders).

The governing body’s CEO Andy Marinos explained that the decision was based purely on merit. As quoted by Sport24, he remarked:

 “The selection criteria for all match official appointments for the last two years follows a clear tournament policy…that such appointments be merit-based.

“This merit-based policy was reflected with the appointment last year of New Zealand referee Glen Jackson to referee the Hurricanes v Lions final in Wellington.

The Zimbabwean added:

“SANZAAR stands behind the policy and believes the best referees should be available to officiate the best matches.”

Despite the precedent set last year, Crusaders fans, and indeed much of the rugby world, are still surprised at the appointment.

Also officiating at Ellis Park will be linesmen Glen Jackson and Marius van der Westhuizen as well as TMO Marius Jonker.

The Crusaders are the narrow favourites with the bookies to take home the title. It’s the last Super Rugby final in the current structure of the league and it’s sure to be an absolute cracker.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.