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    Top NZ journalist raises referee concerns

    2016-07-20 11:29

    Cape Town - While refusing to make any Super Rugby quarter-final predictions, top New Zealand commentator and journalist, Tony Johnson, has hinted at referee controversy this weekend.

    READ: Super Rugby quarter-final referee appointments

    Writing in his weekly SuperSport.com column, Johnson has questioned SANZAAR's referee appointments for the four playoff matches.

    Johnson said: There will be tears at some point over the reffing, and I cannot see why Sanzar seen fit to appoint an Aussie to referee a Kiwi-Aussie game in Aussie, a Kiwi to ref a Kiwi-Saffa game in NZ, and two Saffa refs to police two Saffa-Kiwi games in SA. Have they run out of money? Do they like controversy?

    Australia's Angus Gardner will officiate the Brumbies' match against the Highlanders in Canberra on Friday (10:00 kick-off SA time).

    New Zealand's Glen Jackson will be the man in the middle for the Hurricanes' clash against the Sharks on Saturday at 09:35, before Craig Joubert and Jaco Peyper take charge of the Lions v Crusaders showdown in Johannesburg (16:30) and Stormers v Chiefs clash in Cape Town (19:00), respectively, later in the day.

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    Fixtures

    Saturday, 17 February 2018
    • Stormers v Jaguares, Cape Town 15:05
    • Lions v Sharks, Emirates Airlines Park 17:15
    Friday, 23 February 2018
    • Highlanders v Blues, 08:35
    • Rebels v Reds, AAMI Park 10:45
    Saturday, 24 February 2018
    • Sunwolves v Brumbies, Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium 06:15
    • Crusaders v Chiefs, 08:35
    • Waratahs v Stormers, Allianz Stadium 10:45
    • Lions v Jaguares, Emirates Airlines Park 15:05
    • Bulls v Hurricanes, Loftus Versfeld 17:15

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