Law discussion: Boot to ball

March 14, 2016 40
There was considerable discussion of the penalty try and yellow card in the match between the Stormers and the Sharks on Saturday....writes SA Rugby Referees There was lots of upset people with the decision. South African referees have a website which allows readers to ask questions for explanations on points of law. On Saturday evening…

Law changes set for 2016

December 24, 2015 0
World Rugby has announced that a number of minor amendments and closed law trials will come into effect in 2016. A number of minor law amendments approved and announced in September will come into effect in the southern hemisphere on 1 January and 1 July in the northern hemisphere. 2016 will also see a programme…

Law discussion: PT & YC Jacques Portgieter

June 29, 2015 5
Referees do not make laws but they are required to apply those others have made......by: Rugby365 In Sydney the Waratahs were penalised five metres from their line. Lima Sopoaga, the Highlanders' flyhalf must, shaped to kick for touch but instead tapped and charged at the line. Much bashing ensued and then Aaron Smith passed to…

When will SANZAR do something on Tip Tackles?

March 25, 2015 0
There are so many opinions on dangerous play in the world of rugby, which include hitting a player, stamping on a player, kicking a player and the dangerous “Tip Tackle” (Spear Tackle). By: Jacques Nortier   So many supporters looked at it and just play it of by saying: “Rugby is for real men, Rugby…

Holding back deserves a card – Kaplan

May 22, 2014 4
Top retired referee Jonathan Kaplan has called on referees to stamp out the illegal tactic of holding players back in rugby games as he spoke to SuperSport. Much of the attention these past few days has been focused on the red card given to Sharks flanker Jean Deysel and his three-week ban for making contact…

To Card or not to card?

April 15, 2014 2
During the 50th minute of the Vodacom Super Rugby clash between the Reds and the Brumbies at the Suncorp Stadium In Brisbane on Friday, a strange thing happened. Source: SuperSport Reds scrumhalf Wil Genia dived over the Brumbies try line and was stopped by a very good tackle by the Brumbies cover defence. Naturally a…

‘Bulls’ mauls are totally illegal’

April 3, 2014 2
Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett has dubbed the Bulls deadly rolling mauls from lineouts as ''totally illegal'', but says there will be no pre-match approach to the referee or post-match whinge. RugbyHeaven Hammett accepts the practice has been sanctioned by referees despite going against rugby's rules and that there will not suddenly be a crackdown in…

‘Skrumreël moet dadelik verander’

March 25, 2014 1
Rugby se skrums is voortdurend onder die soeklig en'n vooraanstaande afrigter voel dat nóg 'n verandering dadelik gemaak moet word. Die Blues se afrigter, Sir John Kirwan, is so geïrriteerd met skrums dat hy wil hê dat daar onmiddellik 'n verandering gemaak moet word. "Die oplossing is maklik," het hy aan Fairfax NZ News gesê.…

Four ways to fix the scrum

March 18, 2014 16
"In New Zealand, from a young age you are taught how to destabilise a scrum." - Edward Pye, a Roar pro on The Roar. You have to give credit to commentator Phil Kearns for trying to make the scrum contest between the Rebels and Crusaders on the weekend at least seem watchable. Kearns brought up…

Ons beste rugbybrein sit eenkant

February 20, 2014 5
Waar is Brendan Venter? Hoekom sit een van die land se heel beste rugbybreine op die kantlyn? Maroelamedia Suid-Afrika se voorraad rugbyafrigters wat werklik met die bestes in die wêreld kan kompeteer is maar yl gesaai. Hierdie stelling mag in sekere kringe as hoogs debatteerbaar gereken word. Suid-Afrika het immers al twee Wêreldbekers gewen, die…

IRB change ‘yes, nine’ call(Update)

January 7, 2014 19
IRB is to ditch the current "yes, nine" scrum call in favour of a non-verbal, pre-agreed instruction. This change will take place with immediate effect, and is being introduced at all levels of the game worldwide.  Referees will no longer give a verbal instruction of "yes, nine", and instead will issue a non-verbal instruction to the scrum-half…

Is the scrum still a factor?

December 29, 2013 8
There was a time when the scrum was the game. It was won by a goal but the road to the goal was the scrum. Then there was a time when it was regarded as essential to winning the game even if there were other ways of doing it. Now it is a troublesome nuisance,…

Rugby comes second to dodgy refs

December 16, 2013 4
New Zealand achievements were rivalled for attention and at times even overshadowed by the TMO and refereeing incompetence that blighted 2013. Gavin Rich, Weekend Argus It is a sad irony of the modern game that the technical advances made in the cause of removing the howler have contributed to making the match officials even more…

Laws making rugby messier

November 29, 2013 8
The more they change the laws, the bigger the mess - with referees and TMO's making their own contributions. Dan Retief, City Press Recently, in the plethora of tests played in the UK and Europe, there have just been too many “pilot errors” and instances in which it was abundantly clear that the players were…

Is technology really helping us?(Update)

September 10, 2013 13
TMO and referee decisions have come under fire in the last couple of weeks in the ABSA Currie Cup. Most of this has to do with referees and their TMO assistant’s interpretation of the laws and how it is applied, but then there are those decisions which are quite simply baffling. This past weekend we…
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