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Friday Mar 25, 2016

Friday Funnies - That time the referee pushed Greig Laidlaw

Friday Funnies - That time the referee pushed Greig Laidlaw
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Players should quite obviously never place their hands on the referee, so it’s always strange to see when some refs take it upon themselves to jump into the middle of a scuffle to attempt to break up something that other than their whistles, they are simply not equipped to take care of.

This short clip from a bit of tussle between Ireland and Scotland proved quite popular on our instagram last night, so we’re sharing it on the site too, as it was quite fascinating to see.

It involves French referee Pascal Gauzere quite literally pushing Scottish scrumhalf Greig Laidlaw.

It’s amusing not only because he chose the smallest man on the field, but the look on Laidlaw’s face for those few split seconds was also priceless.

It probably also opens up a wider debate about this type of thing happening, as over the years there have been a number of officials who like to ‘step in’, endangering themselves in the process and creating a situation that could easily end badly, but should always be avoided.

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  • drg
    9:09 PM 29/03/2016

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vI4_qcaW0Ng One of my favourite referee intervention videos - Not rugby btw...

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  • gonzoman
    3:04 PM 29/03/2016

    As a referee, I have used a push or tug on the shoulder to de-escalate a situation. I started as an ice hockey referee and linesman, so learned some useful techniques to do it safely (linesmen are expected to break up fights and pull apart combatants). When I started refereeing rugby, I was able to transfer those skills. Essentially, you have to judge a situation - a lot of the time tension escalates because everyone is in each other's face and no-one wants to be the first to back down. In that sort of situation, it can be useful to identify a "leader" and get them out of the situation with a firm push or pull on the jersey (yappy halfbacks are generally an excellent choice, as are hulking but respectful members of the tight five). Generally, once the group sees the referee separating out one of the problems, the rest will go about their way and get on with the business of playing rugby. The biggest piece of advice I can offer to anyone who might be shoving someone from the front is to remain calm and to make eye contact while firmly pushing them away.

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  • larry
    3:45 PM 27/03/2016

    Check out on YouTube the 1967 match between Monmouthshire and New Zealand. Commodore Lamb, the referee, really takes exception to a bru-ha-ha that occurs in the middle of the match, I believe early in the 2nd half, and grabs an All Black by the back of the shirt and basically swings him away from the other Monmouthshire combatant. The announcer, the late Peter West, describes the scene brilliantly.

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  • elretornodeladiosa
    1:02 PM 27/03/2016

    I can't wath the video either. Tampoco puedo ver el video...

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  • drg
    7:40 PM 25/03/2016

    Don't have an issue with this type of thing at all. Personally the way I see it is if players take exception and fight back then they clearly don't have strong self control and therefore need to be highlighted...

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