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Written by Jonathan Burt (VinChainSaw)

Posted in :In the news on 6 Jun 2008 at 14:55
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Short on the heels of my earlier piece on the ELVs, the IRB have obliged and issued a directive to referees to more strictly police the breakdowns.

I don’t know about the rest of you but this stinks of too little too late and, dare I say it, doing things rather arse about face.

Now bare with me here. This will be a much shorter piece than my earlier one.

The IRB is now asking referees to strictly apply the letter of the Law. This, of course, is the old Laws we are talking about.

Now my issue with this is as follows: surely this should’ve been the first thing they tried before introducing an entire string of ELVs to try and fix these exact problems?

Good grief but this is shabby. If referees had policed the breakdown strictly we would never have needed ELVs to rectify that situation in the first place. So now that a game is not being played under the ELVs they feel it necessary to issue a directive to tell refs to blow according to the rules?

You know what – there’s very little wrong with rugby but there’s a whole lot wrong with those at the IRB.

As the most senior rugby official in world rugby this falls squarely on the shoulders of one Paddy o’Brien.

Paddy – is there anything else you can manage to mess up?

The article listed below from refers.

Cape Town – SA Rugby referees manager Andre Watson has advised South African supporters to be aware of strict new instructions that have been issued to referees by the International Rugby Board (IRB) and will be in use for Saturday’s Test between South Africa and Wales in Bloemfontein.

The instructions will also be applied to the new global Experimental Law Variations (ELVs) that came into force in South Africa on June 1.

“The IRB has issued an instruction to all match officials to rigorously apply the law at the breakdown – the tackle and ruck,” said Watson.

“There will be zero tolerance for handling the ball in the ruck; zero tolerance for handling the ball at the tackle or ruck when a player is off his feet and there will be zero tolerance of ‘sealing off’ the ball at the ruck.

‘Sealing off’ is the practice of supporting players going off their feet and bridging over the ball to prevent a defending side being able to legally contest possession.

“This is very common by the team carrying the ball and is illegal,” said Watson. “But it has historically been tolerated by the referee when the attacking side infringed.

“The new emphasis is to referee both teams equally and not have to have a higher level of tolerance for the ball-carrying team.”

Watson stressed these were not changes in law but rather the strict application of existing law to ensure a fair contest for the ball. He urged all fans to take note of the renewed emphasis on application that could result in the ball-carrying team being penalised more frequently for:

Not entering the breakdown through the gate.
Having ‘pillars’ (players in front of the last feet at the ruck and maul) interfering and/or blocking defenders attempting to reach the ball or ball carriers.
Playing the ball by means of hands in the ruck.
Lying on the ground and handling the ball.
Sealing the ball off (although there will be occasions when players fall on the ground after driving/cleaning out that does not prevent the opposition contesting the ball).
Crooked feeding at the scrum.

“If this leads to frustration I trust that everyone will understand that referees are merely applying the law as they have been instructed,” said Watson.

“It may mean that there will be more whistling initially but we’re confident that if the coaches and players comply, the game will improve in terms of continuity, better quality ball and fewer stoppages.”


  • You would think common sense would prevail, no?

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.06.08 14:59:42 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Vin it is Friday afternoon!!!!!!! Keep your stories short ou!!!! 😉 😉

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.06.08 15:02:56 by Reds Reply

  • Geez Vin I usually lose some speed towards Friday, but you obviously still raring to go.

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.06.08 15:05:54 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 1) : The problem with rugby rules in general is that it’s too bloody complicated. A ref can blow up any team at any giving breakdown and be able to justify it. We need simpler rules especially at the breakdowns( and the dumb okes here in Newcastle )

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.06.08 15:08:56 by Pokkel Reply
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  • I’m actually posting them so that you lot have something to read tomorrow in the lead-up to the game.
    The site gets quite busy just before game time.

    lol pokkel. I lost speed yestedray afternoon. If I wasnt writing these articles I might need to do some work! Heaven forbid…

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.06.08 15:09:28 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 4) :

    Ja the problem as i see it is that they started off this ELV process with the aim of simplifying the rules.
    That was the mandate and the objective.

    Then somehow the objective shifted away from makign the game simpler to making the game more entertaining.

    And thats where this has gone wrong. It’s been hi-jacked by those who want a more flowing running game.

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.06.08 15:11:07 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 4) : Speak for yourself.. Newcastle Highlanders rugby teams know the rules if you do refer to them!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.06.08 15:11:37 by Reds Reply

  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 5) : I won’t even see the game tomorrow. I’m going to the same place as on my picture to see if I can trick a couple of large trout into biting on a fake fly. Will record game and watch on Sunday

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.06.08 15:12:28 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Reds (Comment 7) : Just joking , but still think rules needs to be simpler

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.06.08 15:13:31 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Vinnie

    WTF is with all the throat cleaning headlines dude? 😉

    At least you steered clear of the “g’s” 😳

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.06.08 15:14:16 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) : Come on KSA, it’s nice to see some moedertaal on this site once in a while

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.06.08 15:16:04 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Ek dink ons afrikaanse ouens word afgeskeep

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.06.08 15:16:47 by Pokkel Reply
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  • If it wasn’t for Vernon 😳

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.06.08 15:17:33 by Pokkel Reply
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  • LOL, looks like Vinnie is about to start his own publishing house what with all these articles he’s pumping out!

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.06.08 15:18:59 by Le Requinny Reply
  • What’s the opposite of ‘writes block’? I think that’s what Vinnie’s got at the mo. 😀

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.06.08 15:20:42 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

  • writes = writers

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.06.08 15:20:58 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 11) :

    Ek terg net….. glo my. 😆

    Dis nogal snaaks dat a soutie soos Vinnie Afrikaans verkies.

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.06.08 15:21:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 8) :

    Think you had the better deal there to be honest.

    Specially for you Pokkel to con-incide with your fishing trip tomorrow:

    Four married guys go fishing.
    > After an hour, the following conversation took place:
    > First guy: ‘You have no idea what I had to do to be
    > able
    > to come out fishing this weekend.
    > I had to promise my wife that I would paint every
    > room in the house next weekend.’
    > Second guy: ‘That is nothing, I had to promise my wife
    > that I would build her a new deck for the pool.’
    > Third guy: ‘Man, you both have it easy!
    > I had to promise my wife that I would remodel
    > the kitchen for her.’
    > They continue to fish.
    > When they realized that the fourth guy has not said
    > a word, they asked him.
    > ‘You haven’t said anything about what you had to
    > do to be able to come fishing this weekend.
    > What’s the deal?’
    > Fourth guy: ‘I just set my alarm for 5:30 am.
    > When it went off, I shut off my alarm, gave the wife
    > a slap on her ass and said:
    > ‘Fishing or Sex?’ and she said: ‘Wear
    > sun-block.’

  • Comment 18, posted at 06.06.08 15:21:07 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Gotta go see you all Monday…..Let’s hope PdV knows what he is doing 🙄

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.06.08 15:21:31 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 18) : Thanks Vin. The wife is actually coming with this time… I’ll probably catch nothing…. She doesn’t believe that I ever catch anyting,because whenever she’s around I catch fokol.My lovely good luck charm 🙂

  • Comment 20, posted at 06.06.08 15:24:08 by Pokkel Reply
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  • O.k ppl..I’m off..have to go do some shopping because according to my 17 year old there is no meat apart from steak, chicken, wors and t-bones in the fridge :mrgreen: :mrgreen: … Chat maybe 2morrow!!

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.06.08 15:24:46 by Reds Reply

  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 15) :

    Text Diarrhoea?

  • Comment 22, posted at 06.06.08 15:26:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Reds (Comment 21) : Thats a fully loaded fridge you’ve there

  • Comment 23, posted at 06.06.08 15:29:31 by PJLD Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 22) : that was the term that came to my mind as well 😉

  • Comment 24, posted at 06.06.08 15:30:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @PJLD (Comment 23) : Hope there’s space for beer…

  • Comment 25, posted at 06.06.08 15:32:12 by blackshark Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!
  • Any of you see the new 2008 version of the Bok jerseys..looks good indeed, there is no gold trim on it and all Green yea!

    roll on Sat !

  • Comment 26, posted at 06.06.08 15:36:59 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 26) :

    If those are the ones on 365 then i think they look cooooool

  • Comment 27, posted at 06.06.08 15:44:01 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Fully

  • Comment 28, posted at 06.06.08 15:46:56 by PJLD Reply

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