Category: General

Two Items

A couple of things:

1. Penalty tries. If you award a PT, you must issue a Yellow Card. There are only two reasons for not issuing a YC:

  • The act of foul play was not considered deliberate. To be honest, the list of ways in which that can arise is so short as to be almost negligible.
  • You can’t identify the perpetrator. About the only example I can think of here is a maul heading to the goal line that gets collapsed and you can’t affirmatively ID the perp.

2. Yellow Cards – If given, they MUST be issued. If you are unclear on where things are to be reported, that information is available on this site.

If you have any questions, ask!

Uncontested scrums

From: Richard Every <revery@usarugby.org>
Date: Fri, Feb 9, 2018 at 6:54 PM

UNCONTESTED SCRUMS – Both teams must always have 8 players in an uncontested scrum.

[This applies in all games, regardless of the number of players being used.]

The scenarios below only apply when a team is using the full roster of 23.  The scenarios presume that uncontested scrums are required because of the specialist nature of front row positions (such as if both the starting and the replacement hooker are injured).

  1. Two front row players replaced through injury, and one of the new subs, PLAYER A, gets injured:
    1. Uncontested scrums
    2. The remaining front row PLAYER B needs to come on to be in the front row of the uncontested scrum and another PLAYER C from that team needs to leave the field
    3. Team plays with 14 players for the remainder of the match
  2. Two front row players replaced through injury, and one of the new subs, PLAYER A, gets a YC:
    1. Uncontested scrums
    2. The remaining front row PLAYER B needs to come on to be in the front row of the uncontested scrum and another PLAYER C from that team needs to leave the field
    3. An additional nominated PLAYER D needs to leave the field
    4. Team plays with 13 players
    5. When the suspension period is complete, PLAYER A comes off, PLAYERS B, C and D return
  3. Two front row players replaced through injury, and one of the new subs, PLAYER A, gets a RC:
    1. Uncontested scrums
    2. The remaining front row PLAYER B needs to come on to be in the front row of the uncontested scrum and another PLAYER C from that team needs to leave the field
    3. An additional nominated PLAYER D needs to leave the field
    4. Team plays with 13 players for the remainder of the match
  4. Two front row players replaced through injury, and one of the new subs, PLAYER A, goes off for BLOOD, and the team has a suitable temporary replacement to continue contested scrums. The temporary replacement player is injured:  [This also applies if PLAYER A was injured as a result of foul play by the opponents.]
    1. Uncontested scrums
    2. Any PLAYER can come on to be in the front row of the uncontested scrum
    3. NO additional player needs to leave the field
    4. Team plays with 15 players until the BLOOD returns
    5. If they cannot return to the match, revert to Option 1

Reminder about subs

Just a reminder (extracted from a 10/5/2017 message from the MARR Chair):

Bottom line, ensure you identify all the front row capable players before the game (and include them in the pre-match safety brief). If you have a roster limit due to front row eligible players, you can address it prior to the match.

Law 3.5 (b)

If you have 3 front row players, you get zero subs.
If you have 4 front row eligible players, you get up to 3 subs TOTAL or a roster up to 18.
If you have 5 front row eligible players, you get up to 7 total subs or a roster up to 22.
If you have 6 front row eligible players, you get up to 8 total subs or a full roster of 23.

More mid-season comments from USAR

From: Richard Every <revery@usarugby.org>
Date: October 13, 2017 at 06:55:34 EDT
 
We are mid-season now and there have been some improvements in your refereeing which has been inspiring, and to continue to build through to the end of the season, we would like you to consider some additional areas of focus:
 
  1. BREAKDOWN:
    1. URGENCY: Most tackles become rucks, and it requires referees to manage space more effectively. This is achieved by working harder to be on an inside/infield position to create more presence and work to create/maintain space.
    2. POSITIONING at RUCKS, take up one of three positions:
                                                              i.      On the attacking side, facing the defense: Close to the ruck – crash ball will be outside of you. 
                                                            ii.      On the attacking side, facing the defense: Far from the ruck – crash ball will be inside of you.
                                                          iii.      Close to the goal line, once you have worked/established ball availability, drop to the defense, between defenders (not in front of them).
NOTE: These positions are essential to avoid disrupting and getting in the way of defenders
    1. TACKLER ASSIST: 
                                                              i.      Needs to release immediately. Seeing too many referees allowing the “let it breathe” approach that actually allows the defense to effectively slow down the recycle until they are cleared out. Be proactive in removing it early from the game.
                                                            ii.      If you need a REPLAY to see if they released the ball it is not good enough – clear release, clear space.
    1. RUCKS range from 150-200 per match. At about 15% there is competition for possession, and 3.5% should clearly be a turnover. It amounts to around 20-30 competitive rucks, and 7-10 that should be turnovers. The more you watch rugby, and the more you focus on anticipating the breakdown, the better you become at making those key decisions, the ones that matter, the ones where you get the probable outcome correct that supports the flow of the game.
  1. SCRUM:
    1. SLOOOOW DOWN the BIND-SET. Let the scrum settle before calling SET. When you call BIND, the scrum height slightly increases, then once teams bind, the height goes down and the scrum becomes steady. THEN CALL “SET”.
    2. PRESSURES: TH pressure is downward, LH upward. Thus, when we see a TH being penalized for pushing up, it makes no sense, it could only be the LH not taking the pressure and pulling out.
  2. ADVANTAGE:
    1. SCRUM: Be sure that when you call advantage over, that the team has controlled possession.
    2. PENALTY: A penalty kick allows a team to:
                                                       i.      Possibly kick 3 points (sometimes from 50m or more away).
                                                            ii.      Kick for touch (sometimes 50m or more) and retain possession.
NOTE: Take these points into consideration before playing fruitless advantage, hoping that something spectacular will happen.
  1. FOUL PLAY: We are seeing some referees getting back to old habits of negotiating high tackles. There is no negotiation here. Penalize it, put the onus on the players, and get it out of the game.
Remember, the game is not about you. You are there to facilitate an environment where both teams can compete fairly, on a level playing field.
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