Referees in England
- Oct 26, 2006
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For me, once flag is up its a lineout.
You have the advantage of qualified TJ's (who may in fact be AR's). Over here, the guy with the flag is a pressed man from one side or the other, who was chatting up a team mate's girlfriend just before the incident with only half an eye on the game. I've had a situation where a spiral kick crossed the line high in the air, while clearly beginning to hook back infield. The TJ put up his flag, and I called Play On! Some players stopped on seeing the flag, others kept going. Unsurprisingly, the ones who kept going were generally from one team, while the ones that stopped were generally from the other. Guess which team was attacking?
I don't see how you can go with the lineout when the ball is caught 3m infield. In the UK where AR's are rare ... overrule TJ's whenever they make an obvious cock-up, support them (and thank them) on the close calls.