Time to toyi-toyi

Written by Sharon van Wyk (Shaz)

Posted in :In the news, Original Content, Sharks, Stormers, Super Rugby on 27 May 2012 at 14:07
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This is going to be a very short post. I know of the plans to revise the role played in rugby matches by the Television Match Official (TMO) but something needs to be done immediately, and swiftly, to prevent what happened last night at Mr Price King’s Park happening again.

It is time that TMOs were given full assistant referee status, with the ability to blow the whistle and call infringements anywhere on the field of play to the referee’s notice in exactly the same way that assistant referees can. And if I were a professional rugby player, I would be prepared to go on strike until such time that this is passed into law.

Having a fourth match official able to identify and penalise infringements will not slow the game down any more than a call from an assistant referee does. What it will do is make the game fairer, make players and fans happier, and stop players taking chances when refs aren’t looking. TV cameras see much more than field refs ever will and should be used to improve the game.

The Stormers lost by 12 points. Not five. And didn’t score a bonus point. There should be a system in place to stop this happening. And to rectify the mistakes when they do happen. It’s THAT simple.

There are player’s unions for a reason, boys and girls.
So who’s ready to toyi-toyi?


  • I’m with you

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.05.12 14:19:56 by juba_fan Reply
  • Who says the Stormers wouldn’t have scored another try had that forward pass been blown up?

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.05.12 14:27:00 by Ben Reply
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  • Shaz, nice one….hehe…. 😉

    Doubt it will ever happen, but we there should be a challenge brought in much like Cricket and Tennis have. 3 challenges a game for the Captain to to upstairs to the tmo.

    You just have to see how well it works in Cricket. The Umpires there were getting away with plenty mistakes. I think it would work well in Rugby as well. Should have been tried out already.

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.05.12 14:42:59 by Puma Reply

  • @Puma (Comment 3) : but we there should read – but there.

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.05.12 14:44:47 by Puma Reply

  • 2 things:
    1. Play to the whistle!
    2. We had two of these calls going our way earlier in the season.

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.05.12 14:45:27 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 5) : Exactly..

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.05.12 14:52:35 by Ben Reply
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  • Yup Shaz, I thought along those lines as well. Even if you do lose a little bit of time, it would NEVER fail to compensate for the gross errors that goes by unnoticed or at best being picked up after the fat lady sang.

    Once teams start to think about the financial implications caused by ‘mistakes’, maybe someone will take this seriously. Just imagine the monetary difference it makes playing a home semi or final, not to mention winning a competition or test or WC.

    Viva whistle for TMO VIVA!!!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.05.12 15:24:16 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • What if, the TMO was able to blow the forward pass, the very strong scrum would have given us good ball and we scored the fourth try? 2 point closer to the conference leaders than we are as it stands.

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.05.12 18:10:45 by Bite me Reply

    Bite me
  • @Bite me (Comment 8) : Precisely. The forward pass against us is a case in point. It is not the whole case. @vanmartin (Comment 5) : Whether the Sharks are on the receiving end or the dishing-out end is irrelevant. No team deserves to win, or lose, based on an error of judgement that can easily be shown for what it is in 30 seconds with a replay. This isn’t about the Sharks winning or losing, it’s about rugby winning or losing. And at the moment, the game of rugby is losing.

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.05.12 18:23:22 by Shaz Reply
  • Sure it’s a good idea in theory, but where do we draw the line? Do we let it run until the official on field is nothing more than a whistle on call? We all know TMOs can make mistakes too, some more costly than any on field mistake. You dont want a guy staring at a tv all day telling you how to do your job? Neither does Johnathan Kaplan or Craig Joubert or Mark Lawrence. What we need is a system similar to cricket’s UDRS, and a way to monitor, evaluate, and, if neccesary, punish a refferee

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.05.12 19:55:55 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Shaz (Comment 9) : No articles were written when we benefited though. Seems disingenuous to toyi-toyi about it now, when we’re on the receiving end.

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.05.12 23:08:09 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 10) : I think the white card should be brought in for refs too..if a team has a issue they can ask that the performance is reviewed..and a outcome should be made public like it is with a player..players have brainfarts too and are punished so why aren’t refs?

  • Comment 12, posted at 28.05.12 00:40:50 by shaniboi Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 11) : I hear you. Agreed.

    @shaniboi (Comment 12) : That would be awesome. Wayne Barnes and Bryce Lawrence wouldn’t agree though 😉

  • Comment 13, posted at 28.05.12 07:18:57 by King Shark Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 11) : Cmon Van… This web-site’s name is SHARKSWORLD for a reason….
    ASHAZ: Im with you!

  • Comment 14, posted at 28.05.12 07:55:09 by SharksRTB Reply

  • I would not mind the captain allowed to query 2 decisions against his team – but only a decision that directly affects the scoring of a try for / against the team. I recall a similar system was trialed in the varsity cup two years ago – never heard what happened to it

  • Comment 15, posted at 28.05.12 07:56:35 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Although I dont like what happened, I agree with the statement: Play to the whistle!

  • Comment 16, posted at 28.05.12 08:11:39 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @SharksRTB (Comment 14) : True but I hate it when we are labeled as hypocrites and we are bringing it onto ourselves.

  • Comment 17, posted at 28.05.12 08:24:34 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 17) : Yeah, but I think it was meant in a “fun” way.
    Look even if the Sharks were on the loosing end, only playing for pride, I still wouldn’t like to see blatant forward passes like that going against us. And the same goes for any other team supporters I guess….

  • Comment 18, posted at 28.05.12 08:30:40 by SharksRTB Reply

  • @SharksRTB (Comment 18) : Yup but it happens whether we like it or not and it’s going to keep happening. Refs are humans and humans make mistakes.. No use ranting about it.

  • Comment 19, posted at 28.05.12 08:33:56 by Ben Reply
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  • @ Ben. Refs are humans and will make mistakes. Technology moves forward for us to use to limit human mistakes. I have been umpiring action cricket for more than 16 years. Last year at the World Cup that was held in SA, they were using a slow motion camera replay when there was a close call on a run out, the amount of mistakes we were making as umpires was amazing. Technology won’t make me stop what I am doing, this will make me sharpen up on my skills.

  • Comment 20, posted at 28.05.12 15:36:55 by Bite me Reply

    Bite me
  • @Bite me (Comment 20) : How exactly will that help sharpen up your skills?

    Look I’m not saying don’t use technology at all. All I’m saying is don’t complain about it now because the Sharks were effected. That makes us hypocrites. The Refs have been pretty poor throughout the SR competition.

  • Comment 21, posted at 28.05.12 16:27:47 by Ben Reply
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  • as painful as it was for you seeing the Stormers gain bonus point, I dont think its time for this radical action that you propose. Its part of the game, and trying to police it so tightly will contribute to it losing some of its beauty. Think of all the Monday morning conversations that would cease to exist because every call was cut and dry. Even with technology, there are still huge gaps. Look at the issues with the DRS in cricket, it may have helped improve accuracy of decisions, but it also has shown that technology is not all the way there yet.

    Especially in a sport like rugby, where the spectators \ video camera doesn’t even see the ball a lot of the time. There is a valid point with players going into touch (like a no-ball), but for forward passes, it may be too difficult (not even mentioning that technically the ball will maintain its momentum from when it was released, i.e. the ball itself travels forwards relative to the ground, but i digress

    what i say is that unless a ref is blatantly cheating or favouring a certain team, he should be trusted and his decisions accepted.
    lets rather wish that the sharks scored that 4th try 🙂

  • Comment 22, posted at 28.05.12 19:04:40 by Jeremiser Reply
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