Breakdown warning from refs

2012-02-01 07:59

Cape Town - South Africa's refereeing boss André Watson says referees have been told to be very strict when handling the breakdown area in the upcoming season.

This comes after feedback to SANZAR from various coaches.

"The feedback from the coaches was that there needs to be better policing of offside play at the breakdowns. There were numerous scenarios where the defending team was offside for a number of phases and got away with it," Watson told Die Burger newspaper.

"There's no rule change but the offside rule will be applied strictly and the player making the tackle has to role away. A player assisting in making a tackle - but who's on his feet - should also show daylight before he'll be allowed to try and win the ball.

"At the same time it was said that strong action must be taken when the attacking team protects the ball illegally. The guys go off their feet to protect the ball or are sometimes on all fours and not on their feet.

"The retention of possession needs to be based on your skills and not on the illegal retention of for example falling over the ball," said Watson.

The first sign of a referee being more vigilant was on Friday night in the pre-season clash between the Stormers and the Lions.

Jaco Peyper penalised the Stormers on 20 occasions - a number their coach Allister Coetzee is worried about despite them winning the game 28-6.


  • Jason - 2012-02-01 08:18

    They can talk about it but can they do it on the day. Tired of watching games been blown by a ref neglecting breakdown rules. If they had more consistency the bulls would never win a game. eheheh

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-01 08:24

      Hehehehe is spelled wrong.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-02-01 10:48

      They can ask Bryce Lawrence about the breakdown. They can also ask Lawrence Snr and Paddy Obrien if owning race horses together has any effect on who gets what jobs? hmmm

      Thomas - 2012-02-01 21:11

      goyoygoodthing!! Couldn't have put it better myself!!!!!!!!

  • Yar - 2012-02-01 08:21


  • Amanda-Leigh - 2012-02-01 08:22

    Can somebody pls send Bryce Lawrence a picture, doubt he can read

  • Allen - 2012-02-01 09:05

    Too little, too late. I hope the "Bryce Lawrence Refereeing Show" takes note.

  • John - 2012-02-01 09:14

    France & OZ comes to mind in the WC. They ignored the 5 and 10 metre rule. We are not going to see enterprising back play if the refs & TJ's continue to ignore this rule. I'm for it!

  • adrien.mcguire - 2012-02-01 09:26

    A number of players will no longer the 'stars' they were, like Richie McCaw !

  • eddie.laubscher - 2012-02-01 10:07

    Why now! It should have been like that since inception of the rule. With the World Cup donated to the All Blacks, I am sure Bryce Lawrence will be the epitome of the break down rule! Just watch!

      Thomas - 2012-02-01 21:15

      eddie.laubscher!! DONATED theWC to the AB's, thats priceless!!!

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