Posts Tagged "Jonathan Kaplan"

The IRB has done Robbie Deans, his Wallabies, and the Australian sporting public a huge favour by overlooking the two most controversial referees on the planet – Kiwi Bryce Lawrence and South African Jonathan Kaplan – for the four-Test home series in June.

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There’s strong mail that tonight’s Wales-Wallabies clash at Millennium Stadium will be controversial South African referee Jonathan Kaplan’s last hurrah. Hallelujah, there is a rugby god after all. And about time.

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It has been noted by many commentators that the four teams in the RWC 2011 semi-finals are the same sides that contested the semis in RWC 1987. There is, though, a different lineup of matches. In 1987, New Zealand played Wales and Australia played France.

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There has been much discussion about the lineout at the end of the recent Wales versus Ireland Six Nations game. However, all the commentary that I’ve seen is missing the real problem with that lineout.

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SANZAR took a giant step towards improving the sub-standard Super Rugby refereeing by suspending showpony South African Jonathan Kaplan for three weeks, for incompetence.

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Jonathan Kaplan must go. The arrogant South African rugby referee made a monumental blunder in yesterday’s Ireland v Wales Six-Nations clash at the Millennium Stadium that cost the men-in-green a crack at the Triple Crown.

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Late in the first half of the absorbing drawn Test between Ireland and Australia, Wycliff Palu, the monster Wallaby number 8, was given a yellow card by the South African referee Jonathan Kaplan for allegedly making a shoulder charge on Rob Kearney, Ireland’s fullback.

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Despite Jonathan Kaplan providing the Wallabies with many favourable refereeing decisions, the Wallabies were not able to prevent a surging All Black team from winning the contest.

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Why oh why didn’t Matt Giteau call for a drop goal in the last minutes of the thrilling Bledisloe Cup Test at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium? Giteau was so close to the All Blacks posts he could have thrown the ball over the bar.

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All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has fended off allegations he’s a serial cheat as trans Tasman hostilities continue ahead of Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup blockbuster with the Wallabies at ANZ Stadium.

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Hooker Stephen Moore admits the Wallabies are sweating on South African referee Jonathan Kaplan to give Australia’s oft-maligned scrum a fair go in Saturday’s Tri Nations and Bledisloe Cup clash with the All Blacks.

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It has been a tough weekend for this cricket and rugby tragic. I have been through the pain of watching both the Wallabies and the Australian cricket team being put the sword.

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The British and Irish Lions maintained their 100 per cent record on tour in South Africa with a 39-3 victory against a severely depleted Sharks team on Wednesday.

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The Super Points Final, which includes bonus points, gives a very accurate indicator of how each team performs overall. A 44 point difference in a Super Final? Are the Chiefs 44 points worse than the Bulls? No way! So what happened?

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