01 Aug 2017
SANZAAR has announced that Jaco Peyper will referee Super Rugby's 2017 Final on Saturday when the Lions play the Crusaders at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.
By Paul Dobson, Moonsport
This will be Peyper's second final. In 2015 he refereed the final between the Hurricanes and the Chiefs in Wellington.
Glen Jackson, who refereed the 2016 final between the Hurricanes and the Lions in Wellington, is the No.1 assistant referee. The other assistant referee is Marius van der Westhuizen and the TMO is Marius Jonker.
For all four match officials, it is a sign of valued competence and a vote of confidence.
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 and 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.
“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 with 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."
The SANZAAR selection committee referred to is made up of Lyndon Bray (the game manager), Errol Brain (New Zealand), Wayne Erickson (Australia), Warren Kenaugh (Australia and Chean Roux (South Africa) - two New Zealanders, two Australians and a South African. The coaches of the two teams, Lions and Crusaders, were both allowed to name their choice, and both chose Peyper.
Interestingly, the citing commissioner for the match is Freek Burger, who in 1993 refereed the very first Super Rugby (then Super 10) final at Ellis Park. He is back at Ellis Park this week as citing commissioner, his 300th citing appointment by SANZAAR.
2017 Super Rugby Final Match Officials
Match Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Glen Jackson (News Zealand), Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Television match official: Marius Jonker. (South Africa)
Citing commissioner: Freek Burger (South Africa)