SAs Peyper to referee Super Rugby final

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File: South African referee Jaco Peyper

JOHANNESBURG - Top South African referee Jaco Peyper has received recognition for his officiating by being appointed to referee Saturday’s Super Rugby final between the Lions and Crusaders at Emirates Airlines Park.

Super Rugby’s controlling body SANZAAR opted for Peyper ahead of Australia’s Angus Gardner. Peyper also refereed the semifinal between the Lions and Hurricanes.

The assistant referees will be Glen Jackson, who refereed the Crusaders versus Chiefs semifinal, and Marius van der Westhuizen.

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The Television Match Official (TMO) is Marius Jonker.

Commenting on the appointments, SANZAAR CEO Andy Marinos said, “SANZAAR congratulates Jaco Peyper and all the match officials selected to this year’s final.

“The match official selection is never easy as we have a very dedicated group of officials who week in week out perform very professionally and to very high standards.”

“The selection criteria for all match official appointments for the last two years follows a clear tournament policy – as agreed by the SANZAAR Executive Committee and the tournament’s stakeholders – that such appointments be merit-based.

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“This policy is written into the tournament protocols and appointments are made according to this policy on a weekly basis and is also the policy used for the finals last year as well as this year.

“This merit-based policy was reflected in the appointment last year of New Zealand referee Glen Jackson to referee the Hurricanes versus Lions final in Wellington.

“SANZAAR stands behind the policy and believes the best referees should be available to officiate the best matches,” added Marinos.