Cape Town - Former Springbok coach Nick
Mallett has lauded the performance of the South African Super Rugby referees on
duty this past weekend.
Marius van der Westhuizen refereed the
Bulls v Brumbies clash in Canberra, Jaco van Heerden the Sharks v Rebels clash
in Durban, Craig Joubert the Stormers v Cheetahs clash in Cape Town, while Jaco
Peyper was on duty for the Lions’ duel with the Waratahs in Johannesburg.
The Waratahs, in particular, seemed
frustrated with some of the calls Peyper made during their 27-22 defeat, while two
of their players (Rob Horne and Jacques Potgieter) also received yellow cards for
However, Mallett said the Australians can
have no reason to feel hard done by.
“South Africa can be very proud of our
referees over this weekend,” Mallett said in the SuperSport studio.
“Jaco van Heerden had a very good game, he
was very calm and made some excellent decisions. Marius van der Westhuizen
reffed the Brumbies and Bulls game very well. Jaco Peyper and Craig Joubert are
top referees and they showed that again today (Saturday).
“Unlike what happened when our teams went
overseas, their players cannot complain about the way they were refereed. Our
refs were very fair and the South African rugby referees' association must be
congratulated on the performance of our referees.”