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Rugby

Super Rugby referees face purge

South African referee Stuart Berry.

Super Rugby governing body SANZAR will conduct a purge of the competition's referees in the wake of a series of controversial blunders by match officials in the opening rounds of the season.

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Rugby

Blunder referees kept despite Blues howler

South African officials Stuart Berry and Johan Greeff have been retained for round six Super Rugby games despite being ticked off by SANZAR referees' boss Lyndon Bray for a mistake which cost the...

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Rugby

SANZAR's insistence on local referees is skewing results

Fairfax Media writer

Spiro Zavos SANZAR refuses to acknowledge that the heart of the refereeing problem in Super Rugby lies in the decision in 2009 to ditch the neutral refereeing system and bring in local referees.

Rugby

Error-prone referees must screen out more mistakes

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Matthew Burke Why do we allow inept performances from the whistle-blowers to ruin a game?

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Let the game flow: Wallabies coach Robbie Deans's message to Lions referees

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 01:  Australian Wallabies coach Robbie Deans speaks to the media during an ARU press conference at Allianz Stadium on May 1, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Darren Walton Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has placed the onus squarely on referees to ensure Australia's showpiece series against the British and Irish Lions lives up to the hype with vibrant, free-flowing rugby.

Ewen McKenzie

Referees must get penalty ratio right in defence and attack to promote attractive rugby and reward adventure

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Ewen McKenzie When you become the first team to hold the Crusaders tryless in Christchurch since 2000, it is difficult to understand why the statistic did not come with a memorable win.

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A tale of wrong referees and unfair advantage

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Spiro Zavos TOM Keneally, wordsmith, describes the hype before big matches as the foreplay. Not unexpectedly, the qualifying finals between the Crusaders and Bulls and the Reds and Sharks have generated intense...

Matt Burke

Referees proving to be a major obstruction to innovative plays

Matt Burke

Matt Burke I remember a training session with the Wallabies in Caloundra in 1998. Wayne Bennett had come along to observe.

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Rugby

Israel Folau man to watch in Waratahs' running of the Bulls

Fairfax Media writer

Spiro Zavos The "Easter Special" marketing for Saturday night's Waratahs-Bulls match at Allianz Stadium features a photograph of a smiling Israel Folau charging down the field on his way to another splendid try.

Union

Brumbies hooker Stephen Moore cleared of wrongdoing after punch

Eddie Quirk of the Reds reacts after being punched by Stephen Moore.

Chris Dutton The ACT Brumbies have called on officials to stamp out illegal holding tactics at the ruck.

Rugby

Outrage over Michael Cheika’s 'choice words' confected but Waratahs must get smart

Fairfax Media writer

Spiro Zavos Only hours after the Waratahs lost a fiery, bad-tempered Super Rugby match against the Sharks, I received this email: "The Waratahs need to have a serious look at themselves with regard to...

Rugby

The away curse: Super rugby teams pay the penalty for playing away from home

Tough to win: The reds during their on-the-road loss to the Lions in Johannesburg.

Georgina Robinson The numbers do not lie. Not a single travelling team has won in Super Rugby this year. Is the spectre of home-town refereeing rearing its ugly head.

Rugby Union

Brumbies to push breakdown boundaries despite sin-binnings

Scott Fardy was sent to the sin bin against the Rebels. He was the third Brumby in three weeks to cop a yellow card.

Chris Dutton The ACT Brumbies will continue to push the boundaries at the breakdown to maintain their fierce attack on the ball, with director of rugby Laurie Fisher declaring the team "is not coached to give...

Rugby

Super Rugby refs axed for poor displays

Stuart Berry during the match between the Lions and the Reds at Ellis Park at the weekend.

South African official Stuart Berry – who whistled the Queensland Reds off Ellis Park in Johannesburg on the weekend – is among four Super Rugby referees axed for poor performances.

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Queensland Reds see red over referee Stuart Berry

Referee Stuart Berry.

The Queensland Reds' referee relations sank to new depths as they gave up a 17-point Super Rugby lead in a flurry of penalties and yellow cards in Johannesburg.

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Rugby Union

Rebels' own attack their Super focus

Melbourne Rebels coach Tony McGahan.

Forget Israel Folau and Kurtley Beale, the attack the Melbourne Rebels are focusing on is their own.

Rugby

Queensland Reds no bad boys: Quade Cooper

Willie Britz  of Lions is tackled by Quade Cooper

They may be the most penalised team in the competition but the Queensland Reds don't believe they are the "bad boys" of Super Rugby.

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Rugby

SANZAR takes eyes off the ball in global Super Rugby push

Fairfax Media writer

Spiro Zavos The quest for an expanded Super Rugby competition in 2016 involves a weird combination of Waiting For Godot and herding cats.

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Union

Stephen Larkham says ACT Brumbies' penalties are part of the plan

The Brumbies were a force at the breakdown against the Waratahs, but conceded plenty of penalties.

Chris Dutton The ACT Brumbies will persist with their helter skelter breakdown mentality.

Rugby

Cheika tells Tahs to take game into their own hands

Licence to drill: Michael Cheika has told the Waratahs to 'knock blokes out of the way' in the wake of their loss to the Brumbies.

Georgina Robinson Michael Cheika wants the Waratahs to "knock blokes out of the way" rather than rely on the referee's whistle to decide their fate this season.