Referees in Australia
- Jan 27, 2004
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Until you have your reasoning square in your head, don't do this. For change to happen, there needs to be a good reason.vovonne this is an excellent question, and in my opinion there is no easy answer.
I reckon that hand off's are very rarely penalised, and TBH if you give a PK for 'excessive force' it's going to be a difficult sell.
So what's my advice ?
So first stage has to be to manage it - to talk to the captain and explain what change you want to happen --- so that they can't act surprised when you PK them for it later.
The only reason to stop the hand offs is excessive force - in other words, foul play. If it's foul play, it isn't a case of management, it's a case of PKing it.
It is, as you say, a tricky area. For my money "excessive force" is something delivered with the intent to cause injury as opposed to dislodging the tackler from their tackling position. I'd be wary of something that targets the throat deliberately.
But as I said: don't talk to the skipper until you know exactly what was wrong. And then penalize it.