Hamstring sidelines Lawrence

2012-03-22 09:47

Cape Town - Due to a hamstring injury, New Zealand referee Bryce Lawrence has been shifted to the role of TMO in the Blues v Hurricanes Vodacom Super Rugby clash in Auckland on Friday.

Friday, March 23 - Blues v Hurricanes

Revised appointments:

Referee: Steve Walsh
Assistant Referee 1: Jonathan White
Assistant Referee 2: Ben Skeen
TMO: Bryce Lawrence

Friday, March 23 - Rebels v Force

Rohan Hoffman will be an assistant referee for this match, due to logistics.

Revised appointments:

Referee: Marius Jonker
Assistant Referee 1: Angus Gardner
Assistant Referee 2: Rohann Hoffman
TMO: Matt Goddard

Saturday, March 24 - Brumbies v Highlanders

Lourens van der Merwe will replace Mark Lawrence for this match who is unavailable to travel. This match therefore gives Van der Merwe the opportunity to blow the whistle on his first game, making this his Super Rugby refereeing debut.

Revised appointments:

Referee: Lourens van der Merwe
Assistant Referee 1: Marius Jonker
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Moore
TMO: Steve Leszczynski

Saturday, March 24 - Bulls v Reds

Due to Van der Merwe's promotion to oversee the Brumbies v Highlanders match, Quinton Immelman will take his place as an Assistant Referee for this match.

Revised appointments:

Referee: Jonathan Kaplan
Assistant Referee 1: Quinton Immelman
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Breytenbach
TMO: Shaun Veldsman


  • Cliff - 2012-03-22 09:59

    No! No! The top New Zealand referee is still allowed to make TMO calls!!!

      Jack - 2012-03-22 10:48

      He deserves to be hamstrung!!!

      Penny - 2012-03-22 11:23

      The Force will win this game. Whoever David Pocock plays for will win.

      Bluey - 2012-03-23 08:54

      No No!!! The top eye gouger Burger got away with it against Pocock.........No No. Just imagine if the whining Saffas complained about another cheat being sent off? Just imagine if it was 14 AGAIN compared to 15 or just imagine if the rugby world knew you're team that relied on hissy fits. Harden up, you're a bunch of clowns. Funniest thing I saw was when the Samoan/Kiwi bitch slapped Brussow and the Samoan was sent off. Is it true that Saffas pride themselves as physical? HaHaha. I can't be bothered looking at records but obviousely you'd appreciate that SA aren't quite as good as what you think......hell mate, Australia's miles ahead (NZ saying that), get over it

      Bluey - 2012-03-23 09:09

      Hey Cliff, here's an idea......have a look at the TMO's calls last year in SA........BTW, I'm pretty sure that the SA TMO's played outside of the dead ball line which strangely the Saffa TMO didn't have jurisdiction yet the Boks came last during the TN again. That's a FACT. It's funny how Saffas are now blaming TMO's especially during the S15...........get a grip Are your 21 players fit this year? Afterall bro, getting a bit sick and tired of your excuses. Worm your way out of this wee gem: SA weren't ranked before the WC to make it to the finals and that my friend was the rugby world concensus. Are you aware that the Boks are the worst statistically amongst the TN? HaHaHa, get a grip and get real

      brett.macdonald1 - 2012-03-23 22:18

      Bluey, go back to bed. Bryce is waiting for you...

  • Jason - 2012-03-22 09:59

    And we care why???? hardly news guys!

      Rene - 2012-03-22 10:04

      Exactly @Jason, the man has no brains and now no hamstring! Poor fella!

  • Lionel - 2012-03-22 10:14

    Watch him stuff this up as well!!!

  • Saffa - 2012-03-22 10:18

    Honestly - the dude stuffed up, but his actions alone DID NOT cost us the semi final (IMHO). I still believe our effort on the field (with all the possession we had, and all that experience in the team) SHOULD have been enough.......We couldn't deliver and we couldn't take the ref out of the game - end of. Bryce remains a ****tonsil, but our TEAM lost that semi final.

      Lionel - 2012-03-22 10:25

      But Saffa we are still gutted and have to take out our frustration on someone:):):) True we had all the possesion in the world and could not win.Also to blame Schalk for the turnover that resulted in the try they scored from was not right,who's decision was it to pass the ball to him???Ball should have been kicked into touch!!!!!!

      Johan - 2012-03-22 10:31

      Saffa if even Andre " What? Refs never makes mistakes!!" Watson says the guy should be investigated for match fixing, you know there is something wrong ...

      Saffa - 2012-03-22 10:37

      @Lionel, I also blamed old Bryce the first 3 times I watched the game.......the 4th time, I conceded that our chaps played a larger role in that loss than what they were given credit for. Bryce is still a wombat, and an incompetent ref (as are MOST who make up the elite panel of referees.......)

      Jason - 2012-03-22 10:47

      @Saffa i agree with you 100% on this one, I have said all along that we had a number of opportunities to close out that game and we just didnt take it. Bryce did a shocking job, of that there is no doubt.......but we also didnt play well and made it easy for him

      Lionel - 2012-03-22 10:52

      I really like Danie Rossouw as a player and a person but Jaco ,that day I could have kicked his @ss!!!

      Phil - 2012-03-22 14:08

      Quite right Saffa .......Lionel you are a goose ...and an immature goose at that.

  • Kevin - 2012-03-22 10:18

    Tell us when he gets a conscience and returns his payoff

      Phil - 2012-03-22 14:09


  • Deon - 2012-03-22 10:28

    Great, something else he can mess up. At least he is off the field. Great picture of him though. Looks like he messed his underwear.

  • Paul - 2012-03-22 10:28

    If we care?

  • Allen - 2012-03-22 10:34

    The Bryce Lawrence ("Bad Day at the Office Refereeing Show!") After his "brilliant" performance at the RWC, he should not be allowed near a whistle to ref even an under 15 C team schoolboy match! (the fathers would most probably lynch him!)

  • BlousteBlou - 2012-03-22 10:39

    He blew the first half so badly last Saturday, that I was convinced that he was asked to leave the field for the second half, for whichever reason. He may call it a "hamstring", I think I know better.

  • Cumani C'money Maneli - 2012-03-22 10:48

    hope he gets that hamstring his entire life! Don't know why they even letting him back in the field! Failure just like his dad

  • Nico - 2012-03-22 12:08

    Hamstring sidelines Lawrence... the one between his ears!!!!

  • Tim - 2012-03-22 13:35

    lets hope he is not called upon to make any decisions

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