South African referee Marius Jonker has announced his retirement from top-level refereeing.
The 46-year-old refereed a Test between Namibia and Germany in Windhoek on Wednesday night and after the final whistle confirmed that he had retired from first class refereeing and that it was his last match in charge.
So the long awaited “non-grudge” game between South Africa’s newest Super Rugby franchise and the team they displaced has come and gone, with the Lions winning the game on the score board.
But who were the real winners on the day and why?
Here’s my personal take on it all:
Leading South African referee Marius Jonker has announced his retirement from international match officiating, although he will continue to referee in South Africa’s domestic competitions.