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Love or hate him

Rodney Duthie
Thursday, February 06, 2014

IF Fiji fans thought they had seen the last of Rasta Rasivanghe, think again.

The South African referee, who was criticised for his poor control of Fiji's losses against Australia and New Zealand in Las Vegas, will control Fiji's games again this weekend.

IRB referees manager Paddy O'Brian says the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens referee had owned up to his mistakes.

"I guarantee the Fijian team and the people of Fiji that Rasta will be refereeing Fiji again this weekend," O'Brian said.

"Rasta did not have a good game in Vegas according to his high standards and he did not get a quarter-final match.

"But he will bounce back. He had some issues, put his up and owned up to them and we expect a big turnaround from him this week."

O'Brian said there were processes put in place for referees and coaches to work on improving the sevens game.

"We review our refs after every day and every tournament and the teams give us feedback.

"We've looked at the tackle area and some areas of foul play which we want to get rid of.

"The coaches have also looked at it and we've come to an agreement about the tackle rolls and other areas of the game that we can improve on."

O'Brian commended Fiji coach Ben Ryan for his professional approach to the Rasivanghe errors.

He added that they would not be "sidetracked" by critics.

"Ben Ryan put in a very comprehensive coach's report and we've addressed it with him.

"We can't be sidetracked by people that have no knowledge (of the rules of the game). We need to stick to our main task and that is consistent refereeing.

"We need to keep improving and we're very hard to improve the game."

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