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Expanded TMO powers on trial

2012-06-29 10:36

Cape Town - Proposals to extend the powers of television match officials (TMOs) will be trialled in this year's Absa Currie Cup, which kicks off later on Friday with the first of four matches in the new, eight-team Absa First Division.

The trials will, among other things, allow referees to consult TMOs about incidents of foul play or infringements such as knock-ons and forward passes that might have occurred anywhere on the field in the build-up to a try being scored.
 
“The International Rugby Board (IRB) recently gave SARU dispensation to trial the extension of the TMO Protocol and we are very excited to try them out,” said  the SARU GM: Referees, André Watson. “Referrals can now go back to the previous restart, i.e. penalty kick, free-kick, lineout, scrum, kick-off, but not further back than two rucks or mauls. That means numerous tackles may occur.”

Watson said the trials would also allow on-field match officials to use stadium screens to decide on matters, while TMOs would have the power to inform referees of “incidents and issues” over and above those usually requested when trying to determine whether or not a try had been scored.

The full TMO trials are as follows:

TMO may be referred to as per the current application as well as:

1. When match officials are unsure whether foul play has occurred anywhere on the field or in-goal.
2. When match officials believe there may have been an infringement by the team that scored a try or touched down.
3. When match officials believe a try or touch-down was prevented by an infringement.
4. To confirm the success or otherwise of kicks at goal.

Infringements listed by the IRB include:

• Knock-on
• Forward pass
• Player in touch
• Off-side
• Obstruction
• Tackling a player without the ball
• Foul play
• Double movement in act of scoring

How does TMO adjudicate?

• Only on the clear and obvious - there must be no doubt
• If it is not clear, the TMO is to advise it did not happen or there is no clear evidence it happened.
• TMO to advise on the infringement, the recommended sanction and where play is to restart.

TMOs can be advised on infringements by the team that scored or touched down, as well as if a try has been prevented from being scored:

• Penalty tries may be recommended
• If there is doubt as to whether the try would have been scored the TMO must then advise the appropriate sanction.

If foul play is referred, the TMO is to make recommendations as to the appropriate sanctions.
 

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Comments
  • calliedj - 2012-06-29 11:11

    When will the TMO be able to bring something to the attention of the referee out of his own accord, i.e. without being asked?

      bernard.ingram - 2012-06-29 18:06

      "1. When match officials are unsure whether foul play has occurred..." So, YES.

      thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-06-29 23:38

      What drives me nuts is when a scrumhalf takes two steps backwards to kick an up and under from a scrum linout or ruck!! 85% of the time the blindside wing is offsides and 50% of the time the centres are off sides and never picked up!!! The assistant refs and the ref should take the backward steps as a warning that he has put his chasers offsides because they have timed their run for a kick that should have been taken already!!

  • John - 2012-06-29 11:30

    The Bulls are going to struggle to win a game! :-)

      bernard.ingram - 2012-06-29 18:01

      With all the numerous rules changes over the last 7 years, they still win, so I fail to see what you are ranting about.

  • Denése - 2012-06-29 12:34

    HAD THIS BEEN IN PLACE IN 2007 THEN THE SHARKS WOULD HAVE BEEN CREDITED WITH THE SUPER 14 FINAL ON PAPER - NOT JUST THE FACT THAT THEY ACTUALLY DID WIN BY 6 POINTS. SO I AGREE WITH YOU John

      bernard.ingram - 2012-06-29 18:00

      Pathetic...living in the past.

      bernard.ingram - 2012-06-29 18:02

      Idiot Frans only had to kick the ball out to win the game. Instead Habana scored. Sour B....

      bernard.ingram - 2012-06-29 19:05

      Typical woman...shout when you are upset...

      Tom - 2012-06-30 09:40

      wow denese u my dear are an idiot

      cavin.snyman - 2012-07-01 10:21

      You are so right Denese.

  • deon.dutoit.758 - 2012-06-29 12:48

    THERE TOO MANY RULES...........scrap most of them and play RUGBY, good old fashioned Running Rugby, with a (danie gerber) side-step and a (carl du plessis) swerve, with the (rob louw) loosies and (gysie pienaar) joining the line..........THAT was rugby!

      calliedj - 2012-06-29 14:33

      I think the game is played much faster and with more intensity nowadays, and the refs simply can't keep up. The number of transgressions that are not seen by them has become unacceptable, and it is spoiling our beautiful game.

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