Viewing comments for MattyP« back to profile

Vincent Clerc's incredible try saving tackle on Max Evans

My French is crap but I do a bit of refereeing. I believe this is not a ruck penalty - as has been pointed out, clearly the conditions for a ruck didn't exist - but rather that the penalty was for incorrect entry to the tackle area. White 15 plays the ball, Red 12 tackles him and he spills the ball backwards but it lands next to him, hence it's still in the tackle area. Red 11 is then required to come "through the gate" to play the ball as he was not the tackler. He did not, hence the penalty, which prevented a possible try, put not sufficiently certain to give a penalty try, hence the yellow. Superb refereeing.

For your edification, 15.6(d): "At a tackle or near to a tackle, other players who play the ball must do so from behind the ball and from directly behind the tackled player or the tackler closest to those players’ goal line."

2 Years, 11 Months ago

The Stormers vs Cheetahs chaos in Cape Town

I thought Walsh handled that as well as a ref can ever handle those types of incidents. No real instigator - let's get back to playing rugby and let the authorities take action afterwards.

3 Years, 3 Days ago

Aironi's Simone Favaro smashes Ospreys replacement Tom Isaacs

Don't forget that as a rule, most refs do so because they are fans of the game. I coach, have a broken body so can't play (much) anymore, but still have a run around as a ref because it gets me, as a fan, the best seat in the house. I don't know any high-level refs, but I'm sure it's the same for them.

3 Years, 1 Week ago

Jim Hamilton and David Paice shown red cards after being sin-binned

I didn't think the 2 YCs were a bad idea since tempers were obviously flaring and a little settling down was required. But a bad error by Dave Pearson to send them off, under the circumstances, at the same time. Separate the awarding, get one player clear, then the next. If you break up two blokes who were just going at it, don't cool it down, and ask them to walk off the field effectively next to each other, this result shouldn't be a surprise.

Will be interesting to see if there are any other citing, e.g. for the little shove on the AR.

And Paice is an idiot for trying to take him on a second time. He got what was coming to him.

3 Years, 1 Week ago

James Haskell banned for punches on Cheetah Justin Downey

Short answer - Butch has some form with shoulder charging.

3 Years, 2 Weeks ago

Huge hit on Samoa's Uale Mai at the Las Vegas Sevens

They're the same thing, other than a spear is a tip tackle where the tackler actually drives ("spears") the player into the ground.

Have you ever played rugby? There are plenty of ways to be physically dominant in a tackle without inverting a player and putting them at immediate and heightened risk of serious permanent injury. With the eradication of spear tackles, the game will be just as physical, and there will be less ex-players in wheelchairs and less ammunition for lawyers going forward.

3 Years, 3 Months ago

Huge hit on Samoa's Uale Mai at the Las Vegas Sevens

A spear tackle requires the tackler to lift.

That was an awesome hit - but then again, hospital passes do tend to set up hits like that..

3 Years, 3 Months ago

Jean-Pierre Perez loses the plot against Montpellier

Que? Slow it down. He jumps into him with a hip and shoulder after the kick has been made. He never intended to pull out. Clear late, high, no arms tackle = lucky not to get a red card for mine.

Hate the diving though.

3 Years, 3 Months ago

Wales looking strong after solid win over Scotland

haha. Can't think of any of the top of my head, but yes there have been instances when TMO have made rulings strictly in accordance with the laws and accompanying protocols. Usually leads to a little storm in a tea cup.

3 Years, 3 Months ago

Wales looking strong after solid win over Scotland

If whether a team was up in arms about it was the determinant factor, we wouldn't need referees! Seriously, which player was actually in a position to really know?

3 Years, 3 Months ago