Kaplan: Scrum resets not good for game
Cape Town - Former South African Test referee Jonathan Kaplan says the number of scrum resets in the Stormers v Bulls Super Rugby clash was alarming to witness.
The Stormers beat the Bulls 15-13 at Newlands last Saturday to surge to the top of the South African Conference.
The Bulls were heavily penalised at scrum time, with loosehead prop Dean Greyling the main culprit.
Greyling was dominated by Frans Malherbe and conceded four first half penalties that resulted in 12 points for the Stormers.
Kaplan commented on the game via his website, www.ratetheref.co.za.
Kaplan said referee Jaco Peyper had a decent game, but noted that scrums are becoming a big issue in the modern game.
“A feature of this game was the number of resets at scrum time,” Kaplan wrote.
“I thought the referee, Jaco Peyper, had a strong game in general, but once again the game was blighted by the number of times the scrum had to be reset.
“This ate up the clock and was not good for the game, the teams, the spectators or the competition. Probably not even for rugby in general.
“I have been hammering on about this issue leading up to the RWC. It appears the referees are trying to allow a contest and get a certain number of scrum completions, but it appears to have gone a bit too far.
“I’ve noticed the same thing in the North (Northern Hemisphere), and all this does is put extra pressure on the officials to eventually act. Teams who have the perceived edge are going to milk situations to gain penalties, and with the margins so small, some games are going to be decided on this very marginal platform."
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