Off-the-ball crackdown in Currie Cup

Wed, 28 May 2014 14:46
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Provincial coaches and referees are united in their desire to ensure that negative play is eradicated from the Currie Cup this season.

Provincial coaches and referees were united in their desire to ensure that negative play is eradicated from the Currie Cup this season, following a workshop on Wednesday.

All 14 unions - represented by 12 head coaches and two assistant coaches - agreed on the key issues on which they would all be focusing this season to ensure that rugby’s oldest domestic championship lives up to its traditions.

"We talked about all the big ticket items such as the tackle, maul and scrums and what the law says, but one thing that came through very strongly was that we were all aligned in the desire to get rid of negative play," said Andre Watson, SARU General Manager of Referees.

"By that I mean the 'off-the-ball' stuff such as throwing the ball away, jersey pulling and something that has been a big concern in Super Rugby, obstruction at and around the breakdown. There was total buy-in from all parties on that approach to the extent that the coaches would like to see players being yellow carded for negative play.

"There are no new interpretations: it's very clear in law what the players have to do and what the referees have to do. We will simply be applying the laws," he added.  

The SARU initiative was welcomed by coaches.

"This is a very important workshop with the main aim of aligning referees and coaches on what we want to see on the field," said Allister Coetzee, coach of Western Province and the Stormers. "We haven't done anything like before and it's a great start.

"Obviously coaches have frustrations and referees have frustrations and we've been able to share them and agree on the type of picture that we'd like to see on the field so that we have a good product for the fans and the players.

"The main thing we want is a fair contest in all departments and not one that is decided by illegal play - that's cheating and we don't want it," he added.

Sharks coach Brad McLeod-Henderson said: "It's a great opportunity for referees and coaches to get a good understanding of how the laws should be blown. We know how the refs will see the game and understand the areas that we all believe there should be a clamp down on."

The Currie Cup qualifying tournament kicks off on June 7. The six bottom placed teams in last year's  First Division and the relegated Griquas will play a single-round competition on a log basis.  

The team that tops the log will join the Sharks, Western Province, Free State, Blue Bulls, Golden Lions, Pumas and EP Kings in the Premier Division which kicks off on August 8.

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 25 February 2017
Saracens v Sale Sharks 12h45 Allianz Park
Northampton Saints v Worcester Warriors 13h00 Franklin's Gardens
Exeter Chiefs v Newcastle Falcons 13h00 Sandy Park
Cheetahs v Lions 13h05 Bloemfontein
Scotland v Wales 14h25 BT Murrayfield
Kings v Jaguares 15h15 Port Elizabeth
Ireland v France 16h50 Aviva Stadium
Stormers v Bulls 17h30 Cape Town
Sun, 26 February 2017
Bristol v Bath 11h00 Ashton Gate
Zebre v Ulster 12h30 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Treviso v Connacht 12h30 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Wasps v Gloucester 12h30 Ricoh Arena
Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors 13h05 Liberty Stadium
England v Italy 15h00 Twickenham Stadium
Mon, 27 February 2017
UCT-Ikeys v Maties 14h45 Cape Town
CPUT v UKZN-Impi 16h30 Cape Town
UP-Tuks v Wits 16h30 Pretoria
UWC v TUT 16h30 Cape Town
CUT-Ixias v UJ 16h30 Bloemfontein
Rhodes v Fort Hare 16h30 Grahamstown
Shimlas v NWU-Pukke 17h00 Bloemfontein
Thu, 02 March 2017
Force v Reds 10h30 Perth
Fri, 03 March 2017
Chiefs v Blues 06h35 Hamilton
Connacht v Zebre 19h35 Ascoli Piceno
Edinburgh v Ospreys 19h35 Myreside
Ulster v Treviso 19h35 Kingspan Stadium
Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints 20h15 AJ Bell Stadium
Sat, 04 March 2017
Hurricanes v Rebels 04h15 Wellington
Highlanders v Crusaders 06h45 Dunedin
Brumbies v Sharks 08h45 Canberra
RESULT SCORE
Sat, 25 February 2017
Waratahs v Force 19 | 13
Crusaders v Brumbies 17 | 13
Sunwolves v Hurricanes 17 | 83
Fri, 24 February 2017
Munster v Scarlets 21 | 30
Dragons v Leinster 22 | 54
Edinburgh v Cardiff Blues 17 | 18
Harlequins v Leicester Tigers 18 | 27
Reds v Sharks 28 | 26
Highlanders v Chiefs 15 | 24
Thu, 23 February 2017
Rebels v Blues 18 | 56
Tue, 21 February 2017
CUT-Ixias v Shimlas 13 | 22
Mon, 20 February 2017
UJ v UP-Tuks 18 | 11
Maties v NMMU-Madibaz 35 | 16
UKZN-Impi v Fort Hare 16 | 10
NWU-Pukke v UCT-Ikeys 20 | 15
CURRIE CUP
MORE LOGS
Team P W D L Pts
Free State Cheetahs 8 8 0 0 39
Blue Bulls 8 6 0 2 30
Western Province 8 5 0 3 27
Golden Lions 8 5 0 3 26
Sharks 8 5 0 3 25
Griquas 8 4 0 4 21
Boland 8 2 0 6 11
Pumas 8 1 0 7 10
EP Kings 8 0 0 8 1