Super Rugby referees set for a big shake up

SANZAR referees coordinator Lyndon Bray has revealed that they will have a clear out of match officials who have not been performing over the coming weeks.

Bray says that their current 18-member team of referees will change over the next two weeks after a series of controversial blunders by the match officials.

“Within the next week or two we will be making decisions that will keep our team extremely accountable,” Bray said in comments published by The Australian newspaper on Friday.

“There is a lot of pain to come for referees … The fact is, they’re either going to get dropped out of the team, which is a significant consequence obviously, or suffering from the point of view of number and quality of appointments. ”

“It will be a strong statement in terms of those who are currently refereeing at the top of our team and those that are clearly moving in that direction and those that aren’t.”

The standard of SANZAR’s referees has come under severe scrutiny over the last couple of weeks as several teams have been left fuming with controversial decisions.

Bray had to clarify a number of decisions earlier this week but the most talked about decision the controversial try awarded by South African referee Stuart Berry to Lions fullback Coenie van Wyk which helped the Lions to a 39-36 victory over the Blues.

Having referred a decision to his fellow South African Television Match Official Johan Greeff Berry awarded a try to the Lions despite the ball being lost forward by Deon van Rensburg when he was tackled by Blues back Charles Piatau.

That decision left Blues head coach Sir John Kirwan confused about the laws of the game so he contacted Bray for clarification.

Reds coach Richard Graham also said that he would be in contact with Bray after some “bewildering” decisions that were made against his team in their 35-20 loss to the Sharks in Durban South Africa.

In Australia Waratahs coach Michael Cheika was not happy with a series of scrum penalties in his team’s loss to the Brumbies last week.

“I would always dispute the argument that there is no accountability or action,” Bray told Reuters.

“There is. I would only say watch this space at the moment because we’re 80 percent through the process of making some of those decisions.”

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