Referees in England
- Sep 15, 2021
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I well remember didds, that at the time of the May try I vehemently agreed that it was legal. My view now is that it was not legal.without at all disagreeing with you ..
define "jump" versus "dive" seems to be the crux here. That May try Id agree there is more vertical take off than horizontal initially - but ... his feet never touch the ground before the ball does and his head is in front of his centre of gravity / hips/feet the entire time.
This isn't an attempt to justify May's effort. More a case of the "clarification" is anything but . It sets up two scenarios, without distinguishing between the two and doesn't really address the May halfway house jump/dive. ie May well have started as a jump but it really ended in a dive.
Meanwhile - in a sport that is 100% about diving... most dives seem to start with a jump!
I think that you sum it up well, it started as a jump and ended as a dive. So I still don’t really know.
what I do know is that when I ref on Saturday, I will know the difference between a jump and a dive. Except if some smart arse does the hybrid Johnny May thing. Then it’ll just be down to the usual decision making process of considering the score/attitude of teams/balance of the game/time remaining, and then considering the attitude of the players again before coming down firmly and visibly decisively one way or another?