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Monday, January 09, 2006


SA Unions / Teams: Refs for pre-season friendlies in South Africa


The Russians are coming!

SARU has announced the referees for several pre-season friendlies, several of them warm-ups for the Super 14. One of them involves Russia.

For those who do not know, the Southern Spears are the new francise in waiting - down Border, Eastern Province and South Western Districts way.

Secondly, there was once a union called Eastern Transvaal which became the Gauteng Falcons which became the Falcons which is now the Valke, which avoids translation.

14 January

Super 14

Cats vs Bulls ‘A’ at Ellis Park
Referee: Johann Meuwesen (Eastern Province)
Touch judges: Stuart Berry (Natal), local
Assessor: Richard Nash (Golden Lions)

Cats vs Bulls ‘B’ at Ellis Park
Referee: Stuart Berry (Natal)
Touch judges: Johann Meuwesen (Eastern Province), local
Assessor: Richard Nash (Golden Lions)

Southern Spears vs Cheetahs at EPRFU
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (SARU)
Touch judges: local
Assessor: Frans Muller (SARU)

Vodacom Cup

Valke vs Blue Bulls at Bosman Stadium
Referee: Phillip de Bruin (Golden Lions)
Touch judges: Michael Cupido (Golden Lions), local

21 January

Super 14

Southern Spears vs Cats at ABSA Stadium, East London
Referee: Mark Lawrence (SARU)
Touch judges: Phillip Bosch (Eastern Province), local
Assessor: Frans Muller (Eastern Province)

Stormers vs Bulls at Newlands
Referee: Craig Joubert (Natal)
Touch judges: Linston Manuels (Boland), François Veldsman (Boland)
Assessor: Keith Hendricks (SARU)

Vodacom Cup

Valke vs Lions at Bosman Stadium
Referee: Shaun Veldsman (Boland)
Touch judges: Cobus Wessels (Blue Bulls), local
Assessor: Theuns Janse van Vuuren (Leopards)

28 January

Super 14

Cats vs tba
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (SARU)
Touch judges: Cobus Wessels (Blue Bulls), local
Assessor: Arrie Schoonwinkel (SARU)

Stormers vs Southern Spears at Boland Stadium
Referee: Marius Jonker (Natal)
Touch judges: Linston Manuels (Boland), local
Assessor: James Apollis (SARU)

Bulls vs Sharks ‘A’ at Sun City
Referee: JC Fortuin (Western Province)
Touch judges: Tappe Henning (SARU), Theuns Jonker (Golden Lions)
Assessor: André Watson (SARU)

Bulls vs Sharks ‘B’ at Sun City
Referee: Tappe Henning (SARU)
Touch judges: JC Fortuin (Western Province), Theuns Jonker (Golden Lions)
Assessor: Pierre Oelofse (Golden Lions)


Valke vs Russia
Referee: Willie Roos (Golden Lions)
Touch judges: Johan Greeff (Blue Bulls), Pro Legoete (Golden Lions)
Assessor: Richard Nash (Golden Lions)

1 February

Super 14

Cats vs Sharks in Rustenburg
Referee: Mark Lawrence (SARU)
Touch judges: Tappe Henning (SARU), Willie Roos (Golden Lions)
Assessor: Louis Wessels (Blue Bulls)

It seems the Bulls are somma willing to take on the Sharks A & B team in one day.

Is this Bulls arrogance or is the Sharks that bad????
More probably just exretion from SARU donner.

Seesm there are more warmup games before the S14 than anything else.

I never understood and still don't get what the warm-ups between the teams actually accomplish aside from risking players. I mean is the Bulls/Stormers at Loftus or Cats Sharks at Rustenburg actually going to accomplish anything?

Why not invitational teams that are brought together for the sole purpose of providing mild competition before the comp, like a Northern Provinces Invitational consisting of Falcons, Pumas and Leopards to play the Bulls / Cats

Or a second string invitational of Griquas / NFS and Cheetahs for CU?
Yes Davids,

I like the idea of the Spears playing the teams. There is alot of development value to the games, but why play against the other teams. Your idea of the Norhtern teams will carry the same development value as the Spears games. Then at least the players will get used to the standard required.
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