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    Kaplan sympathises with Steyn

    2015-03-11 07:27

    Cape Town - Retired South African referee Jonathan Kaplan says Sharks centre Frans Steyn should not have been penalised after colliding in the air with Stormers fullback Cheslin Kolbe in their Super Rugby clash at Newlands this past weekend.

    After the television match official was consulted, referee Jaco Peyper penalised Steyn for the incident.

    Kaplan shared his views on the match via his website, www.ratetheref.co.za.

    “I thought Peyper had a very good outing in his game, but I couldn’t agree with his sanctioning of Frans Steyn, particularly the penalty just before half-time when the player was airborne and there was very little he could do but come down on a lighter smaller player. It was a play on situation," Kaplan wrote.

    Steyn was later also sent to the sin-bin for a late tackle on Kolbe.

    “Quite clearly the yellow card was an accumulation of frustration for both the player and indeed the referee. Not ideal."

    Kaplan though agreed with the decision to award the Stormers a penalty try in the second half when scrumhalf Cobus Reinach played the ball from an off-side position in the in-goal area.

    "The penalty try in this game was a clear cut and definitive one and a great call by the ref. Clearly the Sharks player knocked the ball on and a player ahead of him played he ball, thereby denying the Stormers a probable score. This is definitive," Kaplan continued.

    CLICK HERE to read Kaplan's full column

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