Kaplan to referee Final

Mon, 21 Oct 2013 16:42
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Jonathan Kaplan has been appointed to referee the Currie Cup Final between Western Province and the Sharks at Newlands on Saturday.

Jonathan Kaplan has been appointed to referee the Currie Cup Final at Newlands on Saturday.

It is a wonderful way to for him to end his career as a professional referee in South Africa.

The Currie Cup has been in competition since 1892 but  there have been finals only since 1939.

In all 26 referees have refereed finals.

This one will be Kaplan's sixth since his first one in 2002. Only André Watson with seven has refereed more Currie Cup Finals.

Doing this one at Newlands, means that Kaplan will have refereed finals at all of the major venues - Loftus Versfeld, Ellis Park, Free State Stadium, Kings Park and of course Newlands, great and glorious Newlands.

Kaplan, rugby's most capped referee ever, is thrilled at the appointment.

SA Referees try to choose those who have been best in each division. And so the two assistant referees are specialists who have done well.

The referees for the Under-21 and Under-19 Finals are those who have been judged to have done best in those competitions.

Meanwhile Craig Joubert, back from the Bledisloe Cup, will be refereeing the second of the crucial promotion-relegation matches between Griquas and Mpumalanga's Pumas.

The full list of appointments for these crucial matches:

Currie Cup Final

Western Province vs Sharks at Newlands
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan
reserve referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant referees: Christie du Preez, Stefan Breytenbach
TMO: Deon van Blommestein

Promotion-relegation

Pumas vs Griquas at Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Referee:  Craig Joubert
Assistant referees: Sieg van Staden, Cobus Wessels
TMO: Johan Greeff

Under-21 Final

Western Province vs Blue Bulls at Newlands
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant referees: Christie du Preez, Stefan Breytenbach
Television match official: Deon van Blommestein

Under-19 Final

Golden Lions vs Blue Bulls at Newlands
Referee: Rodney Bonaparte
Assistant referees: Daniel Fortuin, Marc van Zyl
Television match official: Deon van Blommestein

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