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Wallabies snatch victory from courageous Scots at the death

I agree, the protocols are not designed for this situation, because they cannot be, in the way you suggest. The TMO protocols are pretty clear about the situations that can be reviewed. They have to be so that as much clarity and objectivity as possible can be brought into situations that get pretty murky and emotional.
If, as I think you're suggesting, the ref could call the TMO not based on clear rules but on subjective feelings about whether the moment is serious enough, which moment is more important than other moments in match, you're putting a huge burden on refs that they can't humanly carry without creating even more angst and controversy. It's hard enough now when the protocols are clear. It would be a nightmare to insist that refs must also decide which bit of general play is more crucial than another. When should every kickable penalty go to TMO; two minutes from the end, five minutes from the end? Only within 40 metres, 22 metres…? I see mayhem.
I'll leave the 2011 stuff. I thought I'd dealt with it on sites like this and convinced everybody four years ago. Anyway, I honestly don't think it's relevant to this situation.

9 Months, 1 Week ago

Wallabies snatch victory from courageous Scots at the death

It's not a matter of games running late, it's more about not wanting people to be irritated out of their brains by having to watch every tight decision played over and over by the TMO. If the TMO was used for all sorts of decisions in general play, then it would just start a whole new level of whingeing… "Why did he check our knock-on and not their knock-on?!" etc etc. Meanwhile people will be walking out the gates in droves. At some point we have to trust the refs, accepting that occasional mistakes will happen; no team or ref ever had a perfect game. In all those historic old test matches there was dodgy stuff going on all the time, and yet the game had no option but to trust the ref, there was no TMO. And players cared just as much about the result as today, maybe more in some cases. Rugby survived just fine.

9 Months, 1 Week ago

Wallabies snatch victory from courageous Scots at the death

Oh dear, this nonsense again. And some people complain about NZers whingeing! I think you should've taken that lie-down immediately, Dan.
As for Joubert, you seem to be saying that he's a bad ref while insisting that he contravene the established protocols regarding the use of TMOs. You can't have it both ways. He doesn't have any licence to use TMO just to check a knock-on in general play with no try involved. You may think that should be available to him, but that's a different matter. The protocols can't be changed in mid-match because one team feels aggrieved.
Personally I think the yellow card was a worse decision (the final penalty just seems worse because of the timing). If a player clearly slaps the ball forward when intercepting, then I can see why the penalty might be given; but when he's putting his hand across the path of the ball to intercept its flight, to me that's not an intentional knock-on. And I think that's the case with Maitland's action. The reason they went to the TMO is to check if the "deliberate knock-on" had stopped a try. Joubert and the TMO decided that the cover was there, so no penalty try. But to me, a card seems way too harsh for what is not a deliberate act. He was trying to intercept, not knock-on.
I was pretty neutral for this one, but can't help feeling for the Scots. In the end, though, a shorter line-out throw and a controlled exit probably would've seen them in the SF. Sometimes teams make their own luck, or invite bad luck.

9 Months, 1 Week ago

Wallabies top 'Pool of death' after resolute defence sees off Wales at Twickenham

Bl**dy Campo… he's been rippin' off my stuff for years, but what can you do?

9 Months, 1 Week ago

Wallabies top 'Pool of death' after resolute defence sees off Wales at Twickenham

The Aussies are rightly being praised for their defence, but it has to said that Wales showed an extraordinary lack of imagination in attack. They enjoyed nearly ten minutes camped on the 5 metre line with constant possession against 13 men for most of the time… and they seemed to have no idea how to create an extra man, when they already had an advantage of two. I can't imagine Australia or many other sides not coming away with 5 or 7 in the same circumstances. It was as if Wales were so wedded to the speculative up-and-under hoping for a mistake or penalty, that when a real try-scoring situation developed close to the line, they didn't know what to do about it. I didn't see all their pool matches, but Wales don't look a better side than England to me, I think they're a little lucky to get through. Oz, on the other hand, are doing just nicely.

9 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Rayno Benjamin's sneaky trip gets cautioned before he commits a blooper of note

I agree, flanker, I'm sure they know the laws. The point is that the conversation between the ref and TMO these days is heard by the viewers, commentators, pretty much everyone. Clarity is what's needed. If saying "caution him" when you mean "yellow card him" wasn't unnecessarily ambiguous, then this video wouldn't even be on here. If the TMO did only mean "warning" but the ref decided a card was more fitting, then fine. But that's not what they are saying happened.

11 Months, 5 Days ago

Rayno Benjamin's sneaky trip gets cautioned before he commits a blooper of note

In normal everyday English the word "caution" means to warn or advise. Why would whoever it is that makes these decisions, decide that the word "caution" means something entirely different and confusing on the rugby field. Why doesn't the TMO say something clear and precise like "yellow card", because after all he assures us that's what he meant? Talk about making things harder than they need to be.
And was it truly a sending off matter? I would've thought a real caution, you know, like a bit of a warning, would've been sufficient.

11 Months, 5 Days ago

All Blacks fined for waterboy Liam Messam joining on field scuffle

Actually, I've had a rethink and I've decided to be insulted too. Hundreds of thousands? Nah, it should be millions and Messsam should be banned for life, and the All Blacks would be banned from the World Cup if it was up to me. I've never seen a national team who should know better do something so appalling. I'm appalled and insulted.

11 Months, 6 Days ago

All Blacks fined for waterboy Liam Messam joining on field scuffle

Firstly, Messam had no business being in there and the fine is warranted, whether he was just getting between players or whatever.
As to what actually happened, I assume that we're all watching the same video, but sometimes you really do wonder. It seems pretty clear that after the whistle goes, Moore runs a couple of paces towards Nonu and tackles him. Nonu objects and bounces the ball off Moore's head as they go to ground. A couple of the angles show Nonu landing on the ground, not on Moore as some are suggesting. Pocock sees the noggin-ball and grabs Nonu, and a few others join in. The Aussie commentator's remark about smashing into Moore's face is nonsense. I also disagree with RD's assertion that Nonu knee-dropped Moore, I don't think that's supported by the video. And Nisbett was obviously surprised when he saw a beanie in amongst it, but to say he sounded disgusted is a stretch.

11 Months, 1 Week ago

James Schrader's sensational try saving tackle in the opening round of the ITM Cup

Although the commentators seemed to convince themselves (as commentators so often do), I don't think it's at all clear on the video that the ball was forced. And the assistant referee could hardly have been in a better position to judge it.
It also looks to me as if the ball carrier knew he wasn't quite at the line which is why he hung the ball out there for that fatal split second.
If the ball hadn't reached the line and Schrader had grabbed it and forced it, then I can only see "carried back" as the call. Though looking at these replays I'm not sure that even a TMO could've sorted it out definitively anyway. For what it's worth, on the video evidence I'm ok with the way it played out.

11 Months, 1 Week ago