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Refs for Saturday
Discussion started by Huxley , 04 September, 2018 14:48
Refs for Saturday
Huxley 04 September, 2018 14:48
Referee: Andrew Jackson (15th Premiership game).

Assistant Referees: Matthew O’Grady & Robert Warburton.

TMO: Stuart Terheege.

Citing Officer: John Byett

Re: Refs for Saturday
Darraghgirl 04 September, 2018 20:24
Oh Lordy!
You'd think the reigning Premiership Champions might get the benefit of Barnesy and Co just once in a while!

Re: Refs for Saturday
Highbury Saracen 05 September, 2018 11:44
At least Tempest is not ‘doing’ us 3 times in a row! smiling smiley

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Re: Refs for Saturday
AP 05 September, 2018 20:51
This is a storm in a tea cup.

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Re: Refs for Saturday
Westrock 08 September, 2018 19:20
Don’t know how the Ref missed the George Smith hit on Jacko in real time!

Re: Refs for Saturday
Steve Robo 08 September, 2018 20:20
Made up for it though. Thought we were a bit to cocky in the first half and paid for it

Re: Refs for Saturday
Sarriebone 08 September, 2018 21:42
Don’t know how the Ref missed the George Smith hit on Jacko in real time!

Not sure he did miss it as I thought I heard him say "I've got foul play, can you check?", or words to that effect, to the TMO. I guess he wanted to check it before he stopped play, but it did seem pretty obvious

Re: Refs for Saturday
Innings 08 September, 2018 21:54
For me the man of the match ought to be given to the most influential player on the field. On today's evidence, that should be George Smith. In the first half his breakdown steals, five or even six in all, kept Sarries out of any sort of fluidity, and were instrumental in Bears leading at half-time. In the second half his tackle on Jackson, which might be considered somewhere between reckless and worse, and the red card, gave Sarries the edge, and both sides knew form that moment how the game would end.

As a short-term injury cover signing, he might be spending a fair chunk of the first block of games in his six months in a purely spectating role.


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Re: Refs for Saturday
AP 08 September, 2018 23:06
Comment of the season so far, Innings.

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Re: Refs for Saturday
Adey 09 September, 2018 00:49
Just as I was typing up a comment on the match thread about what a classy player George Smith is, he was getting sent off.

He’s an asset to any team he’s part of. Even if he has to watch from the sidelines for a bit, I’m sure his influence on the training ground will be rubbing off.

Re: Refs for Saturday
Roger G 09 September, 2018 08:19
His steal rate was helped considerably and mainly by Mr Vailanu regularly running away from his support, but also to some extent by the refs inability to see his hands on the ground before the ball.

Re: Refs for Saturday
FezOnaBike 09 September, 2018 09:58
I'll bow to superior knowledge, so please do not shoot the messenger!

But looking round the ground yesterday, I was surprised by the number of empty seats,
particularly in the east and west stands. Is this down to the ongoing issue of fans not
renewing their season tickets/moving to cheaper seats OR just not attending the opening
games of the season as mentioned above.

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Re: Refs for Saturday
Squawker2 09 September, 2018 13:30
We (in the east stand) had quite a few empties around us, most of which I know are still held by ticket holders, but I can't tell for the greater number - I was actually surprised there weren't more.

The absences in the West Stand seemed very block heavy - I can only assume there was some significant ticket price rise margins that led to two entirely empty blocks, rather than a wider scattering


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Re: Refs for Saturday
SarrieSaint 09 September, 2018 13:38
I thought the ref was generally good. Smith wasn't legal for much of his spoiling and breakdown work but that's par for the course. The red was in my view absolutely a red given how the ref said he saw the incident. Sarries discipline a bit of an issue and I thought Maro was incredibly lucky to stay on with a series of three penalty offences not given in several minutes in Sarries 22.

Re: Refs for Saturday
TOKS 09 September, 2018 19:30
You have to say Smith really undid his good work of the first half. In the first half he got away with everything like a good openside should. Hands on the ground /beyond the ball, side entry, failing to release the tackled player. All done far too subtly for Mr Jackkson to spot. Then in the second half he does the one thing that referees have been told to be hot on and which even Sir couldn't miss. It was a clear red and only a red because nothing more was available. I'm glad Sir took his time and got it right, was a tad painful delay-wise but the correct decision is way more important.

I know he will be banned for a while now but if Smith can pass on some of his arts then a couple of young opensides at Bristol could massively benefit.

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