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Watson wants better fringe policing

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news on 21 Sep 2010 at 19:29
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In a communication to his top referees, the managers of referees’ societies and the assessors, André Watson, South Africa’s refereeing boss, voices his concern about an aspect of post-tackle refereeing. This is what he has to say.

Just a short note to bring your attention to an area that is being neglected at present generally. It pertains to the ruck developing after a tackle.

Allow me to give a typical example:

· Team Purple takes the ball into a tackle and is tackled by team Pink.

· You referees manage the tackler pretty well and the result is that he releases in a flash.

· In the meanwhile Pink and Purple arrive to contest or clean out. RUCK FORMS!

· The ball then comes out very quickly and a Pink player standing in front of the last feet, sees that the ball is out and he plays! You all shout “Ball out, play on” – WRONG!

· The player was offside before the ball emerged.

Please manage this area as it is no use we effect quick ball by dealing with the tackler and then allow off-side players to play the ball once it is out. You need to be quick to identify this and even quicker to manage it. If he does not retire to the last feet on your communication and plays, please play advantage or penalise.

Courtesy of SA Rugby Referees


  • I am so glad he has highlighted this. It happens almost constantly and most refs ignore it.

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.09.10 19:31:00 by KSA Pink Shark © Reply
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  • LOL, there are so many aspects for a referee to take note of at a breakdown, that i hardly blame them. But, yes it is wrong

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.09.10 20:13:57 by JustPlainSHARK Reply
  • This has been happening a lot. Shows what I know about the laws though: I just assumed that the reason was that refs were calling “ball out” too early.

    I think Charl Mcleod in particular will be writing a sonnet in praise of Watson soon.

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.09.10 20:25:51 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • This should be on the ITM thread.


  • Comment 4, posted at 21.09.10 20:31:51 by KSA Pink Shark © Reply

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  • Where is this type of thing in South Africa?


  • Comment 5, posted at 21.09.10 20:37:21 by KSA Pink Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Pink Shark © (Comment 1) : seems very technical.

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.09.10 20:41:13 by rekinek (in pink) Reply
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  • This why is it isSO difficult to dislike the ABs.


    HH your team knows how to do PR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😎

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.09.10 20:45:45 by KSA Pink Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Pink Shark © (Comment 7) : cute ! I am afraid though that if springboks decide to pull sth like that here that would struggle to pass the dogs, may set off electric fence, poor fan would have to press a panic button. Security guard would have some fun though :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.09.10 21:05:47 by rekinek (in pink) Reply
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