Naka: Pressure on Jonker

2011-06-15 08:03

Jóhann Thormählen

Bloemfontein - The pressure is on referee Marius Jonker to show that he is able to deliver a good performance at the Free State Stadium on Saturday.

That is the view of Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské in the wake of the announcement by SANZAR, controlling body for the Super Rugby tournament, that Jonker has been appointed for the match against the Stormers.

Jonker came under fire about two weeks ago for getting a number of calls wrong in the Cheetahs' 18-23 defeat to the Sharks.

Drotské has no problem that Jonker is officiating again in a game his team is playing and was sounded out about the appointment by South African referees manager André Watson prior to the announcement.

The Cheetahs coach expressed his unhappiness with Jonker and his assistants, Cobus Wessels and Jonathan Kaplan, after the Sharks game and believes they could have had five more yellow cards. Watson also conceded that mistakes had been made.

Drotské was satisfied with the discussions that he, Jonker and Watson had after the Cheetahs' defeat to the Sharks. Jonker now has the chance to prove himself on Saturday.

"The air has definitely been cleared after our last game in which Marius Jonker officiated. I had positive discussions with Marius and André Watson afterwards," he said.

"We realise that Marius can have an off day like any rugby player and he had one in the Sharks game. The pressure is on him to show that he can have a good game."

The coach said that he and Watson had been in contact again.

"Watson asked me how I felt about the appointment. Marius Jonker was appointed for the game a long time ago. I said I don't have a problem with it. It does not really concern me. The pressure is now on him after his previous game here."

Apart from Jonker's appointment, Pro Legoete will be one of his assistants. Stefan Breytenbach is the other touch judge.

Legoete recently bungled by calling a headbutt that led to a wrongful yellow card for Waratahs replacement lock Pat O’Connor.

According to SANZAR's programme, Jonker was supposed to referee last week's match between the Sharks and Lions. However, he was replaced by Mark Lawrence. Jonker was an assistant referee in the match between the Stormers and Bulls.

Jonker said after the game that it was a mistake by the South African Rugby Union to put down his name as referee for the Sharks game in Johannesburg.

According to him no change was made as a result of his performance in the Cheetahs' defeat to the Sharks.


  • Andy - 2011-06-15 08:19

    Worst ref in the country. Worst touch judge in the country. Going to be interesting...

  • Marcell - 2011-06-15 08:28

    Ek wil voorstel dat SuperSport op 'n Maandag na die naweek se wedstryde vir Watson en kie tot verantwoording roep. Om besluite/beslissings te kom verduidelik en vir die ondersteuners onverskoning te vra oor wat hulle aanjaag. Sodoende kan ons almal die reels BETER leer verstaan. Dit sal 'n meer openlike klimaat stig tussen afrigters/spelers/toeskouers en skeidsregters. Hierdie na die wedstryd pratery doen niks vir die ondersteuners nie. Ons almal is mense met foute, so ook die skeidsregters. Al wat ons wil sien is dat ons almal kan leer daardeur. p.s. Stompie ondersteuners kan nie leer nie.......!

  • MoZaHo - 2011-06-15 08:43

    Cheetahs will win this game then. Jonker is so far up Bulls ass, that he'll do anything to make sure the Stormers lose. FML

  • swimfan - 2011-06-15 08:50

    Maruis Donker

  • BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-15 08:54

    Marius die hele land support jou,Go Cheetahs

      Sport-24 - 2011-06-15 09:01

      Kaplan,die hele land support jou,blaas die Bulls uit die game,hulle moet solank gaan voorberei vir die CC. More Alwyn!!!!!!!!!!!

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-15 09:41

      Thats what you also said last Saturday

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-15 10:34

      He's been saying that for the last 7 weeks. Go Marius!!! Go Cheetahs!!! Go Bulls!!! Go Sonny Bill!!!.

  • Carl Muller - 2011-06-15 09:06

    The poor ref.... He needs eyes on 30 guys as well as from two sides..... He will never keep 100000 people satisfied all the time. Sometimes 50000 are happy and next time the other 50000.

      John - 2011-06-15 10:31

      Agree totally, however, against the Cheetahs, Jonker saw the infringments on two occasions and then did nothing. First when he acknowledged that the Cheetahs lock was played in the air and the Beast, right after, played the ball on the ground. Instead of a penalty to the Cheetahs, he ruled that the line out should be re-taken. Secondly, when Pretorius was on the line and Ludik fell on him, he shouted, repeatedly, "leave it 15". Then, when questioned, he said that if they had a number, they would have carded him. Could even have been a penalty try as well. I like Marius Joubert. Most of the time, he is a fair, objective and competent referee. What happened between the Sharks / Cheetahs game though, is something that happens in third league club rugby.

  • Lourens - 2011-06-15 09:37

    Marius is n goeie ref met sy foute en hy is defnitief nie n Bulls supporter nie.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-15 09:41

      Dit is waar jy n fout maak,ek ken Marius al van dat hy n polisieman in Richards baai was saam met my en ja hy is n Bulls Supporters ,so ook sy vrou Belinda,Sy Skoonpa Vic ,Kry eers feite gabba dan praat ons weer,

      Kollekat - 2011-06-15 09:53

      His ego is so big he can only support himself. Match he had between the Sharks and Cheetahs was a disgrace to the sport of rugby!

      Sport-24 - 2011-06-15 10:34

      @Agent,serious question,are you also originally from Richards Bay,I met this couple and we have become good friends he also know Marius from Bell!!!!!!!

      Sport-24 - 2011-06-15 12:00

      @Alwyn,waars my reply!!!!!!!

  • Kollekat - 2011-06-15 09:38

    Eendag gaan van hierdie skeidsregters van hul hoe arrogansie troontjies val tot by hulle IK, dit is 'n ver val vir van hulle. Ons vra net respek aan die spel en die spelers en regverdigheid. Is dit te veel gevra?

      geewiz - 2011-06-15 09:41

      Brilliantly said, Kollekat! couldn't put it any better!

  • geewiz - 2011-06-15 09:43

    Aijaijaijai!!! There's always next season... at least we know we are better than the bulls & sharks!

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-15 10:41

      Better? How do you explain no cups for 10 years?

  • Zooma Lema - 2011-06-15 09:44

    It all depens on how much the Stormers is going to pay him.

  • JJRR - 2011-06-15 10:37

    Maak nie saak nie! Go Cheetahs!!!!

  • Pieter - 2011-06-15 12:23

    Dit gaan n baie harde game wees en met Pro Legoete weer op die kant gaan dit moelik maak vir altwee spanne veral sy dom besluite mag die beste span wen ek is wel n stormer

  • Clifton - 2011-06-15 12:51

    It was a red card not yellow card! And Marius hates the WP, so he will nail us come Saterday night! Wish we could get NH ref for this game!

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