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Sun 18 Feb 2018 | 10:59

SANZAAR referees go to school

SANZAAR referees go to school
Sun 18 Feb 2018 | 10:59

SANZAAR referees go to school

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Lyndon Bray, SANZAAR's game manager, brought the referees from the five Super Rugby countries as well as TMOs, managers, assessors and coaches.

They ended with an enjoyable function at L'Avenir wine estate, just outside Stellenbosch on the Klapmuts Road. The attendees then headed home to Argentina, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and various parts of South Africa.

What follows is a basic summary of their discussions. At the end of the summary, Glen Jackson sums up the camp and its value.

i. TACKLE/RUCK PHILOSOPHY

Balance of Strength
Quality of contest
Quality of clean-out

ii. TACKLE/RUCK – PRIORITIES

1: TACKLER

Tacklers must roll to the side QUICKLY

Tacklers who get in the way will be penalised

Attacking players must not prevent tacklers from rolling away

iii. TACKLE/RUCK – PRIORITIES

2: ASSIST TACKLER

There must be a CLEAR release
The ball carrier must be able to move the ball

If we need a replay it is not a clear release

3: ARRIVING PLAYERS

Attack
No hands on the ground to prevent contest
Clearly sealing whilst under pressure

Defence
No hands on the ground to contest the ball
Players off feet cannot continue to play the ball

iv. TACKLE/RUCK – FOCUS AREAS

Supporting body weight
Players must not land directly on tackled players without removing a defender or prevent a contest

Side Entry
Players must not enter from the side of the tackle/ruck

Blocking Pillars
Players not part of the tackle/ruck must not bind onto each other and be clearly behind the hindmost foot

v. TACKLE/RUCK – FOCUS AREAS

Take-outs
Players must not tackle opponents in front, beyond or at the side of the tackle/ruck

Holding
Players must not hold or obstruct players who are not part of the tackle/ruck

vi. SCRUM

SCRUM – PRIORITIES

No pre-engagement
No rush calls from the referee – 3 calls – 3 actions
Stability after set – Good platforms
Legal binding
Support body weight
Pushing straight

vii. SCRUM – FOCUS AREAS

Pre-engagement 
Both packs must allow at least a gap on “bind” with no movement

Stability
Both packs must not push or pull before the feed

Scrum Feed & Hook
Feeds must be credible and hookers must clearly strike the ball

viii. LINE-OUT

LINE-OUT/MAUL – PRIORITIES

Defending Team

No interference on jumper
No sacking the lifters
No Leg lifting
No Swimming

Throwing Team

No Blockers – Illegal formation around the catcher
No Blockers – Obstruction on the blind side
Players must stay bound
Once a maul is formed players must not
join in front of the ball carrier

ix. Line-out – FOCUS AREAS

Throwers
Hookers must stand in the middle of the line-out

Gap
Players must not delay the setup and must not step or be lifted across the gap

Contact in the air
Jumpers must not be hold or tackle opponents in the air

x. MAUL – FOCUS AREAS

Defending Team

Sacking lifters
Lifters must not be sacked

Side entry. 
Players must not enter from the side of the maul

xi SPACE/OFFSIDE

SPACE – FOCUS AREAS

Offside Pillars
Players standing at pillar must show daylight behind the back foot of the ruck

Restarts
Players must not be ahead of the ball and kickers must be behind the line

Line-out/Scrum
Both teams must remain 10m/5m until they are over

xii. FOUL PLAY/VALUES

FOUL PLAY – FOCUS AREAS

Head contact
Match officials will continue to focus on any incidents of foul play that contact the head or neck of opponents

Reckless or dangerous actions which cause contact to the head or neck can be sanctioned with a red card

xiii. HIGH TACKLE GUIDELINES

1. Contact (initial & final)
2. Action (Accidental, Reckless or Deliberate)
3. Force & Follow through

xiv. VALUES – FOCUS AREAS

Deliberate actions
If an action is deliberate in order to gain a penalty, when possible play will continue

Trapping
Players must not prevent tacklers from rolling away

Appealing & Dissent
Players must not appeal or shout at the match officials or retaliate to acts of foul play
Too many warnings without sanctions

xv. SUMMARY

To be successful and consistent in applying these focus areas it has to be a team approach:

Higher work rate from the referees around Tackle/ Ruck
Daylight at ruck – Focus from referees and stronger support from assistant referees
Consistency at the breakdown – Off feet & Side entry
Proactive at scrum – no pre-engagement and credible feeds/hooks
Credible line-out gap and focus on both teams at maul
Respect the values of the game

To be successful and consistent in applying these focus areas it has to be a team approach:

Higher work rate from the referees around Tackle/ Ruck
Daylight at ruck – Focus from referees and stronger support from ARs
Consistency at the breakdown – Off feet & Side entry
Proactive at scrum – no pre-engagement and credible feeds/hooks
Credible lineout gap and focus on both teams at maul
Respect the values of the game

Photo: Lyndon Bray

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