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SANZAAR have released the officials for the 2017 Super rugby final which is on Saturday this weekend on Saturday in Johannesburg where the Lions host the Crusaders.

South African referee Jaco Peyper will be in charge of the Super Rugby final.

SANZAAR CEO Andy Marinos explained the rationale behind the decisions: “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 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 in the appointment last year of New Zealand referee Glen Jackson to referee the Hurricanes v Lions final in Wellington. SANZAAR stands behind the policy and believes the best referees should be available to officiate the best matches,” added Marinos.

Either the Lions or the Crusaders will be crowned 2017 Super Rugby champions.

Match: Lions v Crusaders
Date: Saturday 05 August 2017
Venue: Emirates Park Stadium, Johannesburg
Kick Off local: 16.00
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 2: Marius van der Westhuizen
TMO: Marius Jonker

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  1. joe

    1st August 2017 at 9:00 am

    This one is for the lions

  2. Xao

    1st August 2017 at 9:46 am

    who is it then???

  3. Irshad

    1st August 2017 at 11:49 am

    Jaco Peyper

  4. MZabe

    1st August 2017 at 2:08 pm

    has Jaco Peyper explained the ground for yellow-carding B.Barett during the semi-final before being allowed on the field for thefinal?

    • Skokiaan

      1st August 2017 at 11:15 pm

      Barrett’s boot connected with the loose ball while he was on the ground and gained the advantage and almost certainly denied the Lions a try almost under the posts. And Peyper had already warned the Hurricanes for infringing at the breakdown. He probably saw it as a “professional” foul that could have denied the Lions a big chance at scoring.

  5. Tu

    1st August 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Backing lions to win with home advantage and 3 african officials $1000 to win thanks Sannzar for supporting the best refs in the game.Everyone who pays attention knows how crap Jaco Peyper is.Money in the bank for all haha

    • Skokiaan

      1st August 2017 at 11:28 pm

      Yes, I pay attention and I can tell you with certainty that Peyper is at the pinnacle of world quality refs. You only had to watch the last Lions-Hurricanes match to see how good he is, especially in terms of impartiality! One of the few errors I saw him make (and everyone of them make errors), was he failed to see the forward passes that got the Hurricanes’ their last try. Put your sour grapes away until after the final. I am sure you didn’t have the same opinion last year when the Lions met the Hurricanes in the final in Wellington with the match ref also a Kiwi?

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  7. Brian

    2nd August 2017 at 9:02 am

    The N.Z. & Aus players spend the whole game trying to game the rules and then complain when they get caught.They have taken over from the winging poms in sport.Most bad decisions seem to favour them anyway. Forward passes unsighted.Knockons not seen,hands in the scrums & mauls,obstruction & the worst,tackling players off the ball at rucks & mauls.Like their ancestors they dont care how they win,even if you cheat its OK so long as you win.Sportsmanship is dead.

    • Daniel

      2nd August 2017 at 12:27 pm

      Agreed Brian

      Do you ever see the Lions players complaining about decisions? They also have very few yellow cards compared with other teams.

      The infringements Hurricanes team made were cynical in my opinion. The NZ teams start out with ‘light’ penalties and as the match progresses so does their level of cynical play.

      Always the same.

  8. HappyPyper

    2nd August 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Did anyone mention that Mr. Glen Jackson handle the last final 2016 between the Hurricanes and Lions in NZ. And now it’s payback time sour All Black fans

  9. Brian

    3rd August 2017 at 4:56 am

    Daniel. In the land of the blind,the one eyed man is King.They think that gaming the rules is clever.It is NOT,It is cheating & not being a good sportsman.Peyper is one of best refs around at the moment. If he is crap I would hate to say what the others are.

  10. Sunloving dude

    3rd August 2017 at 9:44 am

    I watched the game and only saw a good ref. There was clear infringements on both sides which were punished by the ref. Look forward to great final and watching great rugby. Lions to win.

  11. Lync

    4th August 2017 at 7:38 am

    This post is dedicated to the arrogant, ignorant, one-eyed South African fan(atic)s who have just commented on Peypers appointment…Maybe you have all just been fishing for someone to bite on your dumb-arse opinions…if so you’ve just caught a big one!
    Any final should be played on a level playing field…especially this game, given the fact that the Lions have arrived via a distinctly inferior conference. 1st advantage. ( I suppose you may be unconsciously just wanting as much advantage as possible to have any chance at all of beating the Crusaders?…Who knows ). Unfortunately this particular field is at 6,000ft… 2nd advantage. 75% of officials are Sth African…3rd advantage. It’s the Lions home ground…4th advantage.
    The very least SANZAAR could do is to appoint neutral officials…I would even accept French Refs..(they may interpret the game in thier own wierd way but at least they would be neutral).
    PS: Any one who has ever played the game should realise Barrets infringement was only deserving of a penalty…the sin binning was wrong!

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