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The Hartley Case

The decision of the judicious officer to clear Ryno Barnes of verbal abuse directed at the referee and to take his word instead of that of the assistant referee is in sharp cont...

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Ryno Barnes cleared

Griquas hooker Ryno Barnes on Friday was cleared of wrongdoing after receiving a red card in their Currie Cup clash against the Blue Bulls last weekend for allegedly verbally ab...

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Rugby´s first ´own try´

The Sydney prop who scored Rugby Union's first ever 'own try' says he's still a bit stunned by the refereeing howler that's gone viral around the world....

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Knock-out matches: in case of a draw

  On this weekend there are three finals and six semifinals. In each of those nine matches there must be a winner. But what happens in the case of a draw?...

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Tony Wessels dies

One of the keenest of referees, Tony Wessels of KwaZulu-Natal, died in Pietermaritzburg on Friday 10 October 2014. He was 76....

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Referees to 19 October 2014

Europe's new competitions start with weekend with Nigel Owens to get the European Cup started on Friday while the Challenge Cup starts on Thursday with Ian Davies to referee...

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Rasta stays in Queensland

The South African referee, Rasta Rasivhenge, who refereed the Final of the first IRB's 2014-15 Sevens series on Sunday, has stayed on in Brisbane with the approval of SA Ref...

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Gold Coast Appointments

It is the opening match of the IRB's Sevens Series in Gold Coast, Australia, this weekend. The appointments of match officials for Day 1 are made known....

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Clip 3 - 7 October 2014 - Law 10

Dipping mitigation Schalk Burger of South Africa charges forward with the ball. Dane Coles (16) of New Zealand and Liam Messam (6) of New Zealand drives in, shoulder first....

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Clip 2 - 7 October 2014 - Law 12

The long knock-on. New Zealand have the ball and it goes down their backline to Malakai Fekitoa who kicks ahead to his right. Ben Smith of New Zealand gets the bounce as Wil...

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Clip 1 - 7 October 2014 - Law 15

Two men wrong at a tackle. Joe Moody of New Zealand breaks ahead but Tendai Mtawarira of South Africa tackles him and brings him to ground. First player there is Marcel Coet...

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Clip 6 - 14 October 2014 - Law 15

He did not roll away. The Golden Lions, in their black and white jerseys of 125 years ago, attack and their captain, Warren Whiteley, charges ahead with the ball. Joubert En...

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Clip 8 - 7 October 2014 - Law 10

Kicking the ball away. Western Province break out and Juan de Jongh kicks downfield and chases, but the ball breaks right and into touch. De Jongh is also in touch and kicks...

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Clip 7 - 7 October 2014 - Law 10

Yellow card at collision. Joaquin Tuculet, the Argentina fullback, kicks, jumping to do so. Michael Hooper, the Australian flank banks into him and lays him low. The crowd a...

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Clip 6 - 7 October 2014 - Law 6

Laser in the eyes. There is a tackle/ruck at which first Ramiro Herrera and then Agustín Creevy infringement Foley of Australia lines up a kick at goal. What is clear...

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Clip 5 - 7 October 2014 - Law 6

Reversal reversed. It gets confusing. Australia have the ball. It goes out to Israel Folau who grubbers ahead but straight into the legs of Lucas Amorosino of Argentina. The...

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Clip 4 - 7 October 2014 - Law 15

Yellow card for a tackler. Argentina attack. Nicolás Sánchez half breaks and gives inside to Martín Landajo who immediately give inside to Juan Imhoff w...

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Clip 5 - 30 September 2014 - Law 16

Swinging around the side. Argentina throw into a line-out but overthrow it. Ramiro Herrera of Argentina turns and falls on the ball as Wyatt Crockett of New Zealand approach...

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Duty Ref 484 - Stuart Berry

Stuart Berry is a top South African referee, recently appointed to November Tests in the Northern Hemisphere. On Saturday he is at Ellis Park for a Currie Cup match between the...

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Duty Ref 476

These questions are of a technical nature, facts rather than application of the laws in matches, and so we have lumped them together....

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Duty Ref 482 - Joey Klaaste-Salmans

Joey Klaaste-Salmans, who has in the past been voted Refereem of the Year in Western Province, who has refereed provincial matches and been on provincial panels, ending on the N...

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Duty Ref 481 - Jaco van Heerden

Jaco van Heerden had been promoted this year and has had the first two Currie Cup matches of his career in recent weeks. He has impressed with his accuracy, communication and at...

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Duty Ref 480 - Craig Joubert

If he is not buzzing around the world, Craig Joubert is buzzing around South Africa, so much is he and his refereeing skill in demand, and here he has again been in demand to an...

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Duty Ref 479 - Lesego Legoete

Test referee Lesego Legoete, whom everybody calls Pro, is refereeing at Loftus Versfeld at the weekend when the Blue Bulls play the EP Kings. But he has time to answer readers&#...

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Duty Ref 478 - Lourens van der Merwe.

Test referee Lourens van der Merwe, who seems to be more of an assistant these days, takes time off from travelling with Grey College, where he teaches, to Durban and PE to answ...

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Duty Ref 477 - Jaco Peyper

Jaco Pepyer has a huge assignment this weekend -0 the Sydney semifinal between the Waratahs and the Brumbies. But en route he answered the only question we are going to deal wit...

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