Kaplan gets decider

Jonathan Kaplan will take charge of this year’s Super 14 final.

Kaplan, the most experienced Test referee in the world, will blow the whistle in the showpiece on 30 May, while New Zealander Bryce Lawrence and Stuart Dickinson of Australia will be in charge of the two semi-finals the previous weekend.

If a semi-final is hosted in South Africa, Lawrence will in all likelihood be asked to officiate the game.

‘These appointments were done on merit and irrespective of the nationality of the referee or the teams involved in the play-offs,’ said Saru manager of referees Andre Watson.

‘A decision on the assistant referees will be taken as soon as the permutations are known and will be announced on Monday.’