RE: Reds v Sharks / Tahs v Stomers
May 08, 2013, 05:28:26
Rest assured the referee will be incompetent - it is Glen Jackson.
I do not give the Sharks a chance to beat the Reds - they have run out of reserve backline players and that means that the Reds backline should be superior. Not so sure about their forwards though - but the Sharks also had injury problems there and it may just be in favour of the Reds as well.
Insofar as the Waratahs - Stormers game is concerned I wrote earlier that the Stormers is likely to be better up front than the Waratahs - but their backline is a defensive mess. They have three very weak defendes in their backline, namely De Jongh (with a miss tackle record of 25%), Aplon who is even weaker and Pietersen in their backline. Add to that Jantjies who cannot tackle to save his life - and the Waratahs win is assured. It is very likely that all four player mentioned as weak defenders will in fact play - so my money is on the Waratahs to score a number of easy tries on Saturday.
I have watched the game reffed by Kaplan repeatedly and cannot see one example where his reffing in fact benefitted the Sharks to such an extent that it could have costed the Reds a win. In fact he was fair in that game and I do differ from you in that case.
Jackson is a different case and he is not competent - however, home game sentiment may play a role in his case and he is likely to make mistakes favouring the Reds as well. So you can be happy to have him as a referee,