Jafta, Roos not ‘suspended’, just removed!

October 2, 2013
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jafthaReferee Jason Jafta and TMO Willie Roos won’t feature in the next few weeks of Currie Cup action, but neither official has been suspended.

By: Jan de Koning

Social media has been abuzz with rumours that Jaftha has been suspended for three weeks, apparently as a result of some howlers by the match official during the Sharks’ 31-25 win over the Lions at Ellis Park last Friday.

The same people on these social networks also claimed that the TMO, Roos, has been suspended, after some poor performances in recent weeks.

“It is nothing unusual that referees are removed from, or added to, appointments, within our structures,” André Watson, the Manager of Referees for the South African Rugby Union, told this website.

Watson explained that some of the appointments were made well in advance, months in some cases.

“However, as we get closer to the business end of the season we have a system of appointing the best referees for the important matches and that will reflect in the appointments for the next few weeks.”

While Jafta and Roos’ errors may have cost them a place in the list of appointments, it is a far cry from being “suspended”.

And while Roos’ form may well have cost him a place on the list of appointments, his situation has been complicated by the fact that he is no longer available as a result of another commitment.

“Just like coaches make changes to their teams, we have and will continue to put out the best performing officials.”

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10 Comments

  1. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 2nd, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Sorry Andre, but if a referee is taken off the panel for the important stages of the competition, it means the same as being suspended, just another words that you use.

    All in all I am glad we won’t see Mr Roos in the rest of the CC, he is poor even as a TV official.

  2. avatar Mervyn Keown says:
    October 2nd, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Willie Roos het dit nodig, moet sommer sy ref geld terug betaal

  3. avatar Jacques Nortier says:
    October 2nd, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    I do feel that Jafta was not that bad…

  4. avatar Boertjie says:
    October 2nd, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    @Jacques Nortier:

    I also thought he was quite okay. What happened
    to that black African ref? He was rather impressive.

  5. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 3rd, 2013 at 8:46 am

    @Boertjie: Oom I really through he is close to go s step up to Super Rugby next year, he communicate nicely to players only thing that did irritate me from time to time with him was that he was very technical sometimes, but that is his right to be not his fault that other refs let certain things go and then we get use to that rather than what the law state.

  6. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    October 3rd, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Jafta is IMO one of the better referees I have seen. :Dawie:

  7. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    October 3rd, 2013 at 8:51 am

    @Boertjie:

    If you mean Rasta Rasivhenge – I agree, also pretty good ref imo.

  8. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    October 3rd, 2013 at 8:52 am

    @Jacques(Bunny):

    Apply the law as stated in the law book is the only way to get consistancy – when referees start picking and choosing what to adjudicate then we have the shambles we currently have :-(

  9. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    October 3rd, 2013 at 9:01 am

    @JT_BOKBEFOK!: Agree fully and we had this discussion with Morne :) a week ago or so. Because off poor referring we get use to that and when a ref do officiate the game correctly everyone wants to shout.

  10. avatar Marie Salzwedel says:
    October 19th, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    jason Japhta behoort nie eers naby n rugbyveld toegelaat word nie nie eers as linesman nie!!!!!

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