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After a pivotal round of fixtures played at high intensity, SANZAR has had the opportunity review each match and announce its referee appointments for the forthcoming weekend.

SANZAR Game Manager Lyndon Bray said, “While we acknowledge that the match officials cannot get it right all of the time, there are some basic standards that have simply not been upheld over this past weekend, resulting in some disappointing decisions and selection consequences.

“A thorough and robust system is in place whereby the development and performance of each match official is reviewed by SANZAR and its member unions on a daily basis and like any athlete participating in elite competition, our referees are accountable to performance levels for the competition.

“Appointments are made weekly based on performance reviews from the previous round but also includes an evaluation of the current form of each official over the term of the competition.

“We have completed our reviews from the weekend and have followed strong internal processes as we prepare our team to reach their physical, mental and technical peaks as we head into the critical last four rounds of the regular season and Super Rugby Finals Series.

“Public confidence in match officials is essential to the ongoing success of our product and we will continue striving to enhance the quality and accountability of refereeing across all SANZAR competitions.”

Round 15 appointments are outlined below with the asterisk (*) denoting the match occurs the following day in this territory due to time difference.

Match Chiefs v Bulls @ Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua
Date Friday 22 May 2015
Kick-Off 19:35 local, 17:35 AEST, 09:35 SAST
Referee Chris Pollock
AR1 Glen Jackson
AR2 Aki Aso
TMO Glenn Newman

Match Reds v Sharks @ Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Date Friday 22 May 2015
Kick-Off 19:40 local, 21:40 NZST11:40 SAST
Referee Angus Gardner
AR1 Matt O’Brien
AR2 Damien Mitchelmore
TMO Peter Marshall

Match Blues v Hurricanes @ Eden Park, Auckland
Date Saturday 23 May 2015
Kick-Off 19:35 local, 17:35 AEST, 09:35 SAST
Referee Nick Briant
AR1 Ben O’Keeffe
AR2 Aki Aso
TMO Aaron Paterson

Match Waratahs v Crusaders @ ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Date Saturday 23 May 2015
Kick-Off 19:40 local, 21:40 NZST11:40 SAST
Referee Marius van der Westhuizen
AR1 James Leckie
AR2 Michael Hogan
TMO Peter Marshall

Match Force v Highlanders @ nib Stadium, Perth
Date Saturday 23 May 2015
Kick-Off 19:45 local, 21:45 AEST, 23:45 NZST13:45 SAST
Referee Andrew Lees
AR1 Rohan Hoffmann
AR2 Graham Cooper
TMO Ian Smith

Match Cheetahs v Lions @ Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Date Saturday 23 May 2015
Kick-Off 17:05 local, 01:05* AEST, 03:05* NZST
Referee Jaco van Heerden
AR1 Jaco Peyper
AR2 Lourens van der Merwe
TMO Marius Jonker

Match Stormers v Rebels @ DHL Newlands, Cape Town
Date Saturday 23 May 2015
Kick-Off 19:10 local, 03:10* AEST, 05:10* NZST
Referee Stuart Berry
AR1 Quinton Immelman
AR2 Rodney Boneparte
TMO Deon van Blommestein

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