Red Card takes centre stage in Bilbao

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 08:03
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The consistency of the Red card was one of the vital topics discussed at the European Champions Cup Disciplinary Conference in Bilbao ahead of the start of the tournament.

Over 100 delegates, including Judicial Officers and Citing Commissioners from throughout Europe, met in the Spanish city to discuss some of club rugby's key issues, with the shared objective to achieve greater consistency in refereeing and judicial decisions.

The conference presented a rare opportunity for stakeholders to come together to share their experiences, knowledge and thoughts on how effective the system is in attaining uniformity in the judicial process.

"I think it (the Red Card test) is the right test. I think it brings consistency to the approach as far as foul play is concerned and it is a working test - it works, " World Rugby Judicial Panel Chairman Christopher Quinlan said.

"We have a seamless game, from the amateur game to the Rugby World Cup Final. It is very important that discipline is consistent throughout in its application and that's why it's important having a session like this at European level. It's great for us at World Rugby to see how it's done, see how it's on message and in-line with what we are doing internationally," he added.

RFU Head of Discipline David Barnes believes that this type of get-togethers is essential in the pursuit of consistency across the board.

"Two referees, Joël Jutge and Alain Rolland, went through all the citing discussions from the past season. We looked at what we thought was red, what we thought wasn't red, and by the end of the session we were all aligned, which means consistency for players which is the most important thing and why Citing Commissioners make the decisions they do.

"I think these sessions are essential. We all come from different countries and do things slightly differently but to come together, recalibrate and understand where we're all at is essential for the consistency of the process.

"Players want to understand, and want to know what happens to them in one game will happen in another, if it doesn't they get confused, and frustrated. For them to know we're at events like these, whether they're in France, England, Ireland - it's about consistency,"

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 15 December 2017
Ulster v Harlequins 19h45 Kingspan Stadium
Sat, 16 December 2017
Montpellier v Glasgow Warriors 13h00 Altrad Stadium
Treviso v Scarlets 13h00 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Leinster v Exeter Chiefs 15h15 Aviva Stadium
Racing Metro v Castres 15h15 Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Bath v Toulon 17h30 Recreation Ground
Sun, 17 December 2017
Wasps v La Rochelle 13h00 Ricoh Arena
Clermont Auvergne v Saracens 15h15 Stade Marcel-Michelin
Ospreys v Northampton Saints 15h15 Liberty Stadium
Leicester Tigers v Munster 17h30 Welford Road
RESULT SCORE
Mon, 11 December 2017
Saracens v Clermont Auvergne 14 | 46
Sun, 10 December 2017
Exeter Chiefs v Leinster 8 | 18
Harlequins v Ulster 5 | 17
La Rochelle v Wasps 49 | 29
Sat, 09 December 2017
Munster v Leicester Tigers 33 | 10
Castres v Racing Metro 16 | 13
Northampton Saints v Ospreys 32 | 43
Toulon v Bath 24 | 20
Scarlets v Treviso 33 | 28
Fri, 08 December 2017
Glasgow Warriors v Montpellier 22 | 29
Sun, 03 December 2017
Harlequins v Saracens 20 | 19
Sat, 02 December 2017
Cheetahs v Scarlets 28 | 21
Munster v Ospreys 36 | 10
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 32 | 25
Treviso v Leinster 10 | 36
EUROPEAN CUP
MORE LOGS
Pool 1
Team P W D L Pts
La Rochelle 3 3 0 0 15
Ulster 3 1 0 2 8
Wasps 3 1 0 2 6
Harlequins 3 0 0 3 1
Pool 2
Team P W D L Pts
Clermont Auvergne 3 3 0 0 14
Saracens 3 2 0 1 10
Ospreys 3 1 0 2 8
Northampton Saints 3 0 0 3 1
Pool 3
Team P W D L Pts
Leinster 3 3 0 0 14
Exeter Chiefs 3 2 0 1 8
Montpellier 3 1 0 2 8
Glasgow Warriors 3 0 0 3 1
Pool 4
Team P W D L Pts
Munster 3 2 1 0 11
Castres 3 1 1 1 7
Leicester Tigers 3 1 0 2 6
Racing Metro 3 1 0 2 6
Pool 5
Team P W D L Pts
Toulon 3 3 0 0 12
Bath 3 2 0 1 9
Scarlets 3 1 0 2 7
Treviso 3 0 0 3 3