Varsity Cup

Kaplan warns of white card over-use

2015-03-11 10:22
Jonathan Kaplan (Leon Hugo)

Cape Town - Retired South African referee Jonathan Kaplan says the over-use of the white card is becoming a problem in the Varsity Cup.

The white card, which allows coaches and captains to refer decisions for review to Television Match Officials (TMOs) during games, was reintroduced in the Varsity Cup this season.

According to Varsity Cup regulations, each team is allowed two referrals per match, one in each half, and this has to be requested almost immediately after the incident they would like to be reviewed.

There is no limit on what can be reviewed provided it concerns an infringement of a Law or incorrect application, and teams may call for a referral on their own play.

In Monday night’s game between NWU-Pukke and UCT, the white card was used on a few occasions, and it greatly extended the duration of the match.

In one incident, where UCT forced a lineout five metres from the Pukke tryline, the hosts were allowed to refer a decision back to the UCT tryline. It was several minutes later but play was called all the way back after the TMO spotted an infringement

Kaplan, who commented on the match via his website, was not happy with the way in which the white card was used.

He wrote: “My biggest frustration on the night was the liberal use of the white card for seemingly innocuous human error. The white card has so much potential but it simply cannot be used for any referee error as it breaks the flow and fabric of each game. I really believe that it can be a very useful tool in terms of accuracy for try scoring alone. The poor refs are left twiddling their thumbs when there are too many interruptions.”

CLICK HERE to read Kaplan’s full column

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