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Re: New scrum laws
Posted by: Flumpty
Date: 08/09/2017 10:50
Of course that depends on whether the refs hold 9's to the straight put in going forward. I do fear they will not, even though that wold be one of the easiest aspects of the game for them to judge.

It is very easy to referee, but you need the intent to do it.

On one of the first games that I refereed, my assessor spent quite a bit of time afterwards going through my performance.
In particular, he wanted to know why I was blowing up for "not straight" at nearly every lineout, for both teams. "Easy" says I, "because nearly every throw, from both teams, wasn't straight" and then what happened ? asked the assessor "the other team had choice of scrum or lineout" & what did they do each time asked the assessor ? "sometimes chose a lineout, sometimes chose a scrum" says I, "and if they chose a lineout, was it always a good lineout, or sometimes did you blow them up for not straight" ?

At this stage, the penny finally dropped for me.

No player, coach or spectator wants to see the laws of the game slavishly followed.

I did what I thought was correct (& by the laws, it was correct), but all I was doing was creating a borefest for anyone that was involved or was watching the game.

p.s. foot up before the ball is put into the scrum by the SH is another one that is very easy to "police" as well

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