SANZAR axe under-performing refs

Date published: May 18 2015

SANZAR Game Manager Lyndon Bray has issued a strongly-worded statement following a weekend of poor performances from Super Rugby referees.

The list of this weekend's match officials released by the governing body was accompanied by a statement from Bray admitting that standards had not been met in some games and assured fans that below-par officiating would have consequences.

Although Bray did not name individuals, Australian referee Rohan Hoffmann and Kiwi TMO Vinny Munro are both missing from the list.

Munro has been the object of widespread criticism after botching a crucial late TMO call in the cliffhanger between the Hurricanes and Chiefs on Saturday while Hoffmann is believed to have been axed after raising eyebrows during the Waratahs' win over the Sharks in Sydney.

"While we acknowledge that the match officials cannot get it right all of the time, there are some basic standards that have simply not been upheld over this past weekend, resulting in some disappointing decisions and selection consequences," said Bray.

"A thorough and robust system is in place whereby the development and performance of each match official is reviewed by SANZAR and its member unions on a daily basis and like any athlete participating in elite competition, our referees are accountable to performance levels for the competition.

"Appointments are made weekly based on performance reviews from the previous round but also includes an evaluation of the current form of each official over the term of the competition.

"We have completed our reviews from the weekend and have followed strong internal processes as we prepare our team to reach their physical, mental and technical peaks as we head into the critical last four rounds of the regular season and Super Rugby Finals Series.

"Public confidence in match officials is essential to the ongoing success of our product and we will continue striving to enhance the quality and accountability of refereeing across all SANZAR competitions."

Super Rugby match officials: Round 15

Chiefs vs Bulls @ Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua
Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Glen Jackson (New Zealand), Aki Aso (Japan)
Television match official: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

Reds vs Sharks @ Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: Matt O'Brien (Australia), Damien Mitchelmore (Australia)
Television match official: Peter Marshall (Australia)

Blues vs Hurricanes @ Eden Park, Auckland
Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand), Aki Aso (Japan)
Television match official: Aaron Paterson (New Zealand)

Waratahs vs Crusaders @ ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant referees: James Leckie (Australia), Michael Hogan (Australia)
Television match official: Peter Marshall (Australia)

Force vs Highlanders @ nib Stadium, Perth
Referee: Andrew Lees (Australia)
Assistant referees: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia), Graham Cooper (Australia)
Television match official: Ian Smith (Australia)

Cheetahs vs Lions @ Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Referee: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
Television match official: Marius Jonker (South Africa)

Stormers vs Rebels @ Newlands, Cape Town
Referee: Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman (South Africa), Rodney Boneparte (South Africa)
Television match official: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)