Refs to trial report system

2012-01-28 09:06

Wellington - Referees in this season's Super Rugby tournament and southern hemisphere Test championship will have powers to put players "on report" for suspected foul play under a system being trialed in rugby union for the first time.

The International Rugby Board will monitor the trial of the system, adopted from rugby league, which aims to make the referees' job easier and achieve more consistent penalties in judicial hearings.

Under the system referees will be able to place a player on report when they suspect but aren't certain an offense has been committed. Referees will still be able to issue yellow and red cards in clear cases of foul play.

A player placed on the report will face a judicial hearing that will determine whether foul play occurred.


  • Lionel - 2012-01-28 09:12

    What about players reporting Refs for cheating??????

      DieKriek - 2012-01-28 09:22

      Sadly, I can't like a comment twice

      brett.macdonald1 - 2012-01-28 09:28

      There has to be a tribunal in place for refs, the same as you have for players.

      Ron - 2012-01-28 11:29


      Dick - 2012-01-28 11:51

      Team captains should have the same recourse to report poor refs. Why are refs always given more powers, but not held accountable for their poor judgments?

      Shelly - 2012-01-28 12:28

      Lionel I was just thinking the same thing, the IRB keep on bringing in new rules, or rather more rules for the players but refs can and do stuff up games on a regular basis and nothing happens to them, the players are not allowed to bitch about them, us spectators do but are considered total idiots at all times, so nobody listens to us anyway, and when have we ever heard of a ref been punished, no matter how they stuff up absolutely nothing gets done about it. Argggg!!!

      Francois - 2012-01-29 11:08

      Now the problem is that all 180 South Africans will be on the list and if Bryce gets donnered in SA, he will sent off a whole SA team just after the kick off for running too fast to the opposition and then say his integrity is in touch all these players are already on the list. Oops all except Habana, he nowadays runs in the wrong direction.

  • bretton.eveleigh - 2012-01-28 10:01

    So I take it the players and coaches can then do the opposite and put refs on report too? Bryce Lawrence you are not a ref's @ss!

  • Tertius Coetzer - 2012-01-28 10:12

    how about a citing commitee for refs, with fines and suspensions. Or a point system, where they deduct points for every crap 'bryce' type decision, and they get demoted once they lose a certain amount of points, so bryce can go back to reffing primary school games.

      Wimpie - 2012-01-28 11:12

      He shouldn't even be allowed to ref primary school games...what if he cheats your son??? he is just a total dumb f_ck...and to top the cake "twice" his father is in charge of referee development for the IRB and he is the no.1 Ref in NZ !!!!

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-28 11:19

    Geez this is soooooo new, the refs have the authority to issue yellow and red cards???? WOOOOW Good reporting news 24, when di you find this out??

  • Bill - 2012-01-28 12:56

    Increasing the ref's influence on the game without increasing their own accountability is a step in the wrong direction. Northern hemisphere refs already have way too much influence on the way a game flows, whilst we have seen what Bryce Lawrence can do when he is in charge! Somewhere, somehow there must be a system where refs can be visibly measured, and held accountable for poor decisions? A player gets dropped if he makes mistakes, surely a ref must be equally treated? Most importantly it must be visible and transparent, they are not some secret society...........

      Alan.G.N.McKenzie - 2012-01-30 09:08

      I agree with you wholeheartedly Bill. The major requirement is the Visible & Transparent manner in which the Refs should be cited and/or taken to task by the powers controlling the game, for the entire game which includes players, officials and the public. The public actually pay the salaries of the referees and the administrators as well as the players and don't seem to be recognised for what THEY (WE) do for the game. Many a players’ career has been cut short by refs bad and continual judgments against them based on past performance and the not current situation. Hell I could go on ad infinitum on this subject.

      Schalk - 2012-01-30 09:29

      I couldn't agree more! The consequences of Bryce Lawrence's appalling performance has been swept under the carpet with smooth rhetoric and weak apologies. I am disappointed that SARU has done nothing about this!

  • David - 2012-01-28 15:31

    I believe players should be able to apeal against a ref's 'unfair' decision by calling on the '3rd eye', as in test cricket, with a TV replay of the incident for all to see. I'm sure this would stop all the unfair and 50/50 whistle blowing by the refs. It would be fair to place players AND REFS on report to face judicial hearings for unfair/foul play.

  • Robin - 2012-01-28 20:09

    To all the couch coaches out there.... I once refereed a game where a mother became quite irate at the manner in which I refereed the breakdown of a high school first team game. She constantly screamed "He is off his feet ref!" or "They are comming in from the side!". Man I thought she was going to bust something. When she got personal, I turned to her and asked her a simple question...."Do you know what the first law of Rugby is?" She couldn't answer me, I wonder if you can?

  • Schalk - 2012-01-30 09:24

    Urgent attention should rather be given to a system for referees; Bryce Lawrence got off scot free - it is unacceptable - mechanisms must be put in place to censure them if they screw up! - its not a club rugby game we lost - i can live with a game we lost because we played badly or lost against a better team, but to lose like this leaves a bad taste - and he says sorry! - not good enough! - but then who is in charge of the referees; Paddy O Brien and Lyndon Bray, both Kiwis. I wonder what would have happened if it was a South African ref blowing the kiwis out of the match, and to add insult to injury, David Pocock gets the man of the match award! But then, the All Blacks HAD to win the world cup didn't they? .

  • Andrew - 2012-01-30 11:18

    We need to stop watching TV and going to games until SARU stands up, if they don't get money they will quickly sort the ref's out

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