Cape Town - Jason Jaftha, one of SANZAR's panel of Super Rugby referees, has suffered what seems to be a serious knee injury.
Jaftha was one of the referees who attended the SANZAR referees' camp
in Sydney last month. There he did the fitness test but was later
playing touch rugby when he suffered pain in his right knee.
He attended the SA referees' camp in Riebeeck Kasteel, but was not required to do
the fitness test because he had done it in Sydney and pronounced himself
He was then appointed to referee the Super Rugby warm-up match
between the Lions and Cell C Sharks at Ellis Park. He lasted four minutes before turning on the
run and collapsing as his right leg gave way.
His injury has been diagnosed as a tear to his anterior cruciate
ligament, the ligament that keeps the knee stable injury especially when
He was forced to withdraw from his first Super Rugby match of the
season - the Sharks v Bulls match in Durban. Jaco Peyper replaced him.
Jaftha is looking at an operation and a lay-off of from
six to nine months, but he will be seeing specialist Dr Willem van der
Merwe for an expert opinion.