New powers for the TMO make sense.
January 12, 2013, 17:45:08
Anybody who watched the Soccer WC saw the case for video ref powers. The new rules being trialed in rugby, allowing the TMO to review up to 2 phases before a try, and to review foul play incidents.....are good rule making.
Most effected, I suppose, will be the many forward pass situations that occur....with false positives and missed calls. But I think it's going to force rugby officials to finally define a forward pass. Jean's pass to Lambie, called forward in the RWCQF, would often have gone uncalled. Like it or not the ball does drift forward from a passer in motion. To me this remains a massive grey area.
In terms of foul play, this hopefully will even up the excessive punishment meted out to retaliators, when the original perpetrator often goes unpunished. It seems to me the Boks often fall foul of this passive aggressive little rule.