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Watson apologises to Sharks & Bulls

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, In the news, Sharks on 11 Jul 2008 at 07:37
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The South African Rugby Referees Association have apologised for the time wasting during the Currie Cup match between the Blue Bulls and the Sharks here last week.

Morris Gilbert writes in Beeld that André Watson, the SA Rugby Union’s manager of referees’ affairs, confirmed on Thursday that an official letter about the matter had been sent to the two unions.

Unreserved apology is expressed in the letter for the delays that were caused by the application of the law regarding extended powers to television match officials.

The match at Loftus Versfeld overran normal time by approximately 30 minutes after referee JC Fortuin had repeatedly referred decisions to the TMO, Michael Cupido.

“It is unacceptable that so much time is wasted through TMO decisions,” Watson said.

“We met on Monday night to speed up and streamline the process without losing any accuracy. I expect things to run much better this weekend.”

Called upon too often

TMOs are not the only ones who will have to be cautious from now on. Referees have also been hauled over the coals for “taking the easy way out” by referring decisions to the officials watching the replays on video.

“Referees are on the field for a specific purpose – to make decisions,” Watson said. “They should call for assistance from the TMO only in exceptional cases.

“The TMO is called upon too often as a precautionary measure when it is actually the referee’s job to position himself in such a way that he can make the best call in matters such as the scoring of a try.

“It’s no good we cultivate a generation of brilliant TMOs but merely average referees.

“Referees have been warned that an approach of that nature could explode, not only on their faces, but in the faces of all of us.

“Referees must, among other things, not permit players to tell them to call upon the TMO to rule on foul play.

“Only when the referee or one of his assistants sees an incident of foul play, may it be referred to the TMO,” Watson said.

He has also instructed referees to be clear in the questions they put to the TMO.


  • Referees must, among other things, not permit players to tell them to call upon the TMO to rule on foul play.

    That is another thing that pissed me off on the weekend.

    Since when does a ref respond to players crying for their mommies? You ref what you see and take info from the players but DON’T let them ask you to blow things you didn’t see. :evil:

    Who woulda “thunk” that the Bulls would be such cry babies. :wink:

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.07.08 07:40:29 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach

    Even if we had Kockott playing with Willie Roos around his pienkie finger we would still NOT HAVE WON that game.

    The good thing from this is that Andre Watson realises there were many wrong doings in the match and he has PUBLICLY told them that you only go back for things YOU have seen and not things the players ask for.

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.07.08 07:43:00 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • Wonder if Fortuin will be reffing another game soon.

    This was as good as a public rebuke of his performance.

    Also, didn’t Watson earlier in the week say we should all be patient and bla bla bla.
    Wonder if his perception changed after he read some of the stuff some of the fans have written on the subject over the last few days.
    Everybody was pretty scathing across the board, both in terms of the general TMO set-up and by Fortuin non-performance.

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.07.08 10:37:15 by VinChainSaw Reply
    VinChainSawTeam captain

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