- Apr 13, 2015
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We already have to judge whether knock ons are deliberate or not, because deliberate ones are a PK (and would remain so )
True, but both lead to a sanction now, so we have guidelines whether someone only gets a scrum against, or when it's C&O killing the play and deserves a penalty (hand up/hand down, is there a line break, etc).
If there's no sanction, you have to decide whether that fumbled catch that bobbles the ball past the defender, gets gathered/chipped on and scores is a try, or was the fumble a ploy and worthy of a penalty? Did the ball come loose forward in the tackle because of the strength of the tackle, or because the support player can run onto the ball and gather it? Do we assume that any knock-on in a 2-on-1 attacker situation is intentional?
I think that the amount of ill-will towards referees (talking about only the ones who are honestly doing their best to make fair calls) will skyrocket if only a quarter of knock-ons could be seen by one-eyed coaches and fans as controversial, and any guidelines will add a layer of obfuscation for the lay spectator who finds on-field decisions baffling enough already.