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Rasta Rasivhenge, The Firm But Fair Referee

Rasta Rasivhenge is quickly making a name for himself in the game of rugby 7s, by being named as one of the top referees in the Sevens World Series Known
21 Dec 2014 10:39
Rasta Rasivhenge, The Firm But Fair Referee

Rasta Rasivhenge is quickly making a name for himself in the game of rugby 7s, by being named as one of the top referees in the Sevens World Series

Known for his continuous ball play in the 7s matches, he is one of the few referees who do not stop the game, but prefer teams with the ball to play on using the advantage rule which creates a free flowing and exciting match.

Born Fhatuwani Rasta Rasivhenge in Cape Town on January 3, 1986 he is a South African born referee who grew up in a small but cosy middle class community in Johannesburg.

Rasta never thought of taking up refereeing as he was a good touch rugby player. The interest in refereeing started when he was playing in a Under-19 club match in 2007.

It was here when one of his teammates had an argument with the referee that his interest was awaken.

After the match Rasta spoke to the referee regarding the match and found out how interesting it was being an official during a rugby match.

It was after this chance meeting that he thought maybe his future was destined to be in refereeing and after some thought he decided to get affiliated with the local refereeing union.

Rasta started to referee local rugby matches and one day received a call to officiate in the Vodacom Cup in 2010.

Seeing how good his skills were in controlling the game of rugby he was also called in to perform official duties for Varsity and Currie Cup.

This was the stepping stone for Rasta and he was later called up to referee in the year 2011 for the Sevens World Series.

He is now a regular referee on the Sevens World Series circuit and he recalls his recent refereeing at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland as one of the highlights of his refereeing career.

Rasta was recently recruited by the Australian Rugby Union to work and officiate games there and is now based out of Australia but travels the world as he follows and officiates on the 7s world rugby circuit.

During a very open and honest interview with Rasta Rasivhenge I found him to be a larger than life personality.

He stated that refereeing will always be under scrutiny as one can never please every spectator or fan out there, and this part of the game is what makes it very interesting.

Rasta also believes that the level of refereeing worldwide is very good and improving day by day.

I asked him about the match that he enjoyed officiating the most during his illustrious career as a referee.

Rasta recalled it as being at the Hong Kong Sevens final when Fiji beat New Zealand 35-28 in an epic finale.

Rasta is also good friends with Fiji’s own International Referee James Bolabiu and speaks very highly of him.

In fact he goes on to say that he has learned a lot about refereeing by watching Bolabiu in action and rates him as one of the best in the world.

Rasta also applauded Coach Ben Ryan for bringing structure and discipline to the Fijian game.

He says the Fiji team was very disciplined and their fitness levels were very creditable in the last sevens final against Samoa at the Gold Coast Sevens Tournament in Australia.

Rasta should know as he officiated the game and had a firsthand view of how the players were performing.

Like so many other athletes I have interviewed Rasta is one of those few individuals who have taken their profession very seriously and succeeded to the top.

 

– The writer is a Fiji Sun columnist.

Feedback: ajayamrit@hotmail.com

 

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