The past four weeks of international and domestic rugby have highlighted some challenges within the match officiating processes in the game of rugby, in particular the events over the past two weeks of super rugby.
SANZAAR has announced the referee appointments for the quarter-finals of Super Rugby.
The Super Rugby Team of the Week has players from nine of the 14 teams while Crusaders' wing George Bridge is Player of the Week.
The Sharks progressed to the Super Rugby play-offs at the expense of the Rebels as they saw off the Jaguares 20-10 at Kings Park on Saturday.
The Lions secured second place in the Super Rugby standings and a possible home semi-final after defeating the Bulls 38-12 at Ellis Park.
The Highlanders delivered a potential knockout blow to the Rebels' quarter-final hopes with a 43-37 victory at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.
Winger George Bridge grabbed four tries as the Crusaders romped to a 54-17 victory over the Blues at AAMI Stadium in Christchurch.
The Brumbies wrapped up the season with a 40-31 victory over Australian rivals the Waratahs in Super Rugby action in Sydney on Saturday.
The Chiefs continued with their fine recent form despite a red card for Johnny Faauli, defeating the Hurricanes 28-26 in Hamilton.
The Reds have finished the season with back-to-back wins for the first time since Round Five as they overcame the Sunwolves 48-27 in Brisbane.
The Crusaders have won 13 of their 15 games so far this season to secure top spot with one week to go before the Finals.
The penultimate Super Rugby Team of the Week for the normal season before we head into Finals next week. TOTW has players from eight teams with the Hurricanes Ngani Laumape Player of the Week.
SANZAAR has announced the referee appointments for Week #19 - the last week of the regular 2018 Super Rugby season.
The Jaguares missed the opportunity to overtake the Lions in the South African Conference after a disappointing 43-34 defeat to the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld.
The Sharks were unable to take advantage of the Jaguares’ slip up earlier on Saturday after succumbing 27-16 to the Stormers in Cape Town.
The Chiefs continued with their fine recent form when they secured a hard-fought 24-19 victory over the Brumbies in Hamilton.
Ngani Laumape scored four tries as the Hurricanes claimed a 42-24 win over the Blues in their New Zealand derby in Wellington.
The Waratahs continued with their impressive form against the Sunwolves when they thrashed the Tokyo-based side 77-25 in Sydney.
The Reds dealt the Rebels’ playoff hopes a significant blow with a 37-23 victory in a thrilling Super Rugby derby at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
The Crusaders made a winning return to Super Rugby action when they claimed a deserved 45-22 victory over the Highlanders in Christchurch.