Referees must stop turning a blind eye to the game’s Laws
I UNDERSTAND that even with three officials on the pitch, rugby is a difficult game to referee. However, I often feel cheated by the ref’s non-implementation of some laws.
Many words have been written about the continuous blind eyes turned by officialdom to the crooked feeds and line-outs.
To this I would add foot up by hookers, in as much as at the ‘engage’ hookers quite often stand with their feet in the tunnel.
I also believe a large number of pop passes are, in fact, forward and not pinged. From observation, I believe that at about 70 per cent of kick offs and restarts, there are many and blatant off sides that are not considered important.
I also watch scrumhalves readjust the ball at the base of scrums etc. This act often includes a forward movement of the ball; this act is known as a knock-on but our officials opt to overlook this.
All these scenarios are all covered in the Law book.
As such they are not optional, but are so treated by officials. Referees seem to me to committing a fraud. The game should be refereed according to the Laws and not by arbitrary blind eyes. GEORGE CANSINO via email