Victor Matfield getting on the wrong side of the referee

The match officials for Week 4 of the 2011 SANZAR Super Rugby tournament have been confirmed by SANZAR.

There are two changes to the schedule announced earlier. Chris Pollock will take charge of the match between the Rebels and the Sharks in Melbourne whilst Steve Walsh will referee the match between the Stormers and the Highlanders in Cape Town. Both fixtures will be played on Friday 11 March 2011.

SANZAR Game Manager, Lyndon Bray said the appointment was changed as Walsh, who is returning from injury, is on his way to Europe to referee a Six Nations Test the following week. He replaces Mark Lawrence.

Bray added that Pollock had been selected to replace Walsh on the Melbourne game as he was amongst the competition’s early “in form” referees.



Fri 11 March

Crusaders v Brumbies in Nelson – Referee: Garratt Williamson, Asst Ref 1: Vinny Munro, Asst Ref 2: Mike Fraser, TMO: Kane McBride

Rebels v Sharks in Melbourne – Referee: Chris Pollock, Asst Ref 1: James Leckie, Asst Ref 2: Andrew Lees, TMO: Matt Goddard

Stormers v Highlanders in Cape Town – Referee: Steve Walsh, Asst Ref 1: Jaco Peyper, Asst Ref 2: Marc van Zyl, TMO: Shaun Veldsman

Sat 12 March

Hurricanes v Chiefs in Wellington – Referee: Marius Jonker, Asst Ref 1: Mike Fraser, Asst Ref 2: Joey Salmans, TMO: Garratt Williamson

Force v Blues in Perth – Referee: Nathan Pearce, Asst Ref 1: Stuart Dickinson, Asst Ref 2: Julian Pritchard, TMO: George Ayoub

Cheetahs v Lions in Bloemfontein – Referee: Keith Brown, Asst Ref 1: Glen Jackson, Asst Ref 2: Cobus Wessels, TMO: Gerrie Coetzee