Ref Watch: Storm Berry

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Cardiff Blues return to Guinness Pro14 action this weekend as John Mulvihill’s side head to Galway for a game with Connacht in the midst of Storm Dennis.

The man in charge, who may have to make a decision on whether the game actually goes ahead or not, will be South African Stuart Berry, who takes charge of his 29th Pro14 game.

His career in the Northern Hemisphere follows a 27-game spell in Super Rugby, during which he garnered considerable controversy including a game between the Lions and Reds in which the home South African side were able to overturn a 3-20 half-time deficit with the help of a 1-10 penalty count.

Since switching to the Pro14 he has been one of the league’s most active referees and took charge of the 2018 Final between Leinster and Scarlets at the Aviva Stadium. Altogether his 26 games have seen 18 home wins and 8 away wins.

Berry has been in the middle for four Cardiff Blues games in that time, away defeats at Scarlets and Ulster, and a win and a loss at home to Munster, the latter being the most recent back in November 2019.

This will be the 37-year-old’s second visit to the Sportsground, having taken charge of a win over Ospreys back in February 2018, while he has also refereed two Connacht away losses at Cheetahs and Scarlets.

So far this season he has had five games, three home wins and two away wins, handing out five yellow cards and no red cards along the way.

Berry will be assisted by Sean Gallagher and Dan Carson of Ireland, while Scotland’s Charles Samson will act as the Television Match Official.

Stats courtesy of www.cardiffrfcfans.com

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