Super Rugby and the changes in Refereeing

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Shane Jennings
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Super Rugby and the changes in Refereeing

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Fast release at the tackle and no toleration of players coming in at the side resulted in two pacy games from Super Rugby over the two games this weekeend.

Minimal scrums, a flood of penalties and the usual high level of skills produced entertaining contests with commentators evidently instructed not to criticise the officials excessively.

Whether we have referees good enough to apply the same interpretations in Pro 14 would be my first take-away. My second would be that all four teams resorted to blanket defence and minimal contesting at the breakdown which put a huge premium on line-breaks. Skill levels in the SH are higher than ours across the board so it will be interesting to see whether these new Law interpretations merely sterilise the game or actually produce better contests.

Beauden Barrett still looks a class act but youngster Otere Black at out-half for the Blues looks a really good prospect as does Eroni Clarke's son on the wing for the Blues.

Finally, what a lineup of Water Boys for the Blues in Eden Park, Carlos Spencer, Tane Umaga and Dan Carter in front of 42,000. Thee good times are back in NZ.

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Re: Super Rugby and the changes in Refereeing

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Ruckedtobits wrote:Fast release at the tackle and no toleration of players coming in at the side resulted in two pacy games from Super Rugby over the two games this weekeend.

Minimal scrums, a flood of penalties and the usual high level of skills produced entertaining contests with commentators evidently instructed not to criticise the officials excessively.

Whether we have referees good enough to apply the same interpretations in Pro 14 would be my first take-away. My second would be that all four teams resorted to blanket defence and minimal contesting at the breakdown which put a huge premium on line-breaks. Skill levels in the SH are higher than ours across the board so it will be interesting to see whether these new Law interpretations merely sterilise the game or actually produce better contests.

Beauden Barrett still looks a class act but youngster Otere Black at out-half for the Blues looks a really good prospect as does Eroni Clarke's son on the wing for the Blues.

Finally, what a lineup of Water Boys for the Blues in Eden Park, Carlos Spencer, Tane Umaga and Dan Carter in front of 42,000. Thee good times are back in NZ.
A further observation is how welcome it was to see the players mingle with supporters of every variety for a long period after the games. Not just the elite officials or players' families but anybody who could access the pitch. The rugby family united and players and coaches recognising that they were not merely there by right or because of their skills or talents but rather by the grace and favour of thousands of their fans and supporters. The players first role is as entertainers and representatives of their fans, not as untouchable icons.

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Re: Super Rugby and the changes in Refereeing

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Tip on passes look to be a dying feature with only one half decently timed jackal needed to secure a pen.

No ability to withstand a clearout meant 6'7" locks were getting pens from timing.

No sign that 50/22s were doing much to balance the change to ruck dynamics mentioned above with defenses fanning out.

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