Ref­er­ees must stop turn­ing a blind eye to the game’s Laws

The Rugby Paper - - Letters | Views -

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

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