Berry in charge of Lions vs Kings record breaker

SA referees have appointed Stuart Berry as match referee for the record breaking promotion-relegation match between the Lions and the Kings at Ellis Park on Saturday.

The Lions have sold out their 60 000 seater stadium Ellis Park match making it the biggest Super Rugby (related) crowd in history.

The match is not an official Super Rugby match so it shouldn’t go into the record books for Super Rugby but it is a Super Rugby qualifying match so it is Super Rugby related.

The current Super Rugby record for attendance is shared between the Sharks (2007 final Sharks v Bulls at Kings Park) and the Bulls (2009 final Bulls vs Chiefs at Loftus) at 52 000.

In comparison this year’s Super Rugby final between the Chiefs and the Brumbies is also a sell out but Waikato Stadium will only hold 25 000.

The sell out crowd proves that the Lions still have plenty of pulling power with Johannesburg rugby audiences and is almost double the 26 300 that the Kings pulled in for the first promotion relegation match.

The Lions won the first match between the sides and have a seven point lead in points difference. The Kings however took a losing bonus point from the match so the Lions need to ensure that they win the match or do not lose by more than eight points.

The scores and points for the two matches will be combined to determine the winner of the series and who participates in the 2014 Super Rugby tournament.

The match official Stuart Berry is from Durban and has established himself as a Currie Cup and a Super Rugby referee. He has also refereed the match at the Junior World Championship and on the IRB’s Sevens circuit.

Promotion – Relegation match No.2
Match
: Lions vs Kings
Date : Saturday 3 August
Venue : Ellis Park Johannesburg
Kick Off local: 17:00
Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant Ref 1:Jason Jaftha,
Assistant Ref 2: Marius Jonker
TMO : Shaun Veldsman

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