World first for Kaplan in Currie Cup clash
September 9, 2000

Distinguished South African referee Jonathan Kaplan initiated a world first on Friday evening when he called on video technology to rule on a drop-goal.

The event occured in the crucial Currie Cup clash between the Blue Bulls and the Leopards when the Leopards' fly-half Roland de Marigny chanced his luck at the posts.

His attempt was so close that neither the players or the officials could determine whether the ball had gone over the bar. With the assistance of the television referee, who viewed the tape several times, the drop goal was ruled no good.

In the ensuing melee players from both sides tried to pounce on the ball as the situation turned into a possible try scoring opportunity.

The Bulls won the match 38-33 and kept their Currie Cup hopes alive but they are yet to know their fate concerning the quota row that is brewing following Ryno Hendriks statement yesterday.

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