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Too much technology in rugby

2013-05-21 13:01
Lyndon Bray (Gallo Images)
I am tending to the viewpoint that there is too much technology in Rugby.

The T.M.O. official's area of recommending is being expanded and I am firmly of the belief that referees are using the T.M.O. as an easy way out.
This is also true of the assistant referees.
How many times have you heard the referee ask "what is your recommendation?" this is fair enough but the more important question is how many times has a referee said in reply, "I don't see it that way?"
In the "good old days", the referee was the only one who made decisions and although there were moans, his decisions were accepted.
Now that big money is tied into sport, the pressure is on to get the "right decision". But what is the right decision?
Is it one made on the spot with experience or one analysed to death and made 3 or 4 minutes later? Particularly over the try-line events.

Maybe it is time to retreat a bit and only use the T.M.O. for foul play.
The old guideline for referees was, "if you didn't see it, you can't blow it".
Wouldn't that lead to a quicker game with less controversy.
I suppose that at least Rugby still has decisions made by humans, unlike Cricket where a computer program can decide who is out!

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