Referees in Australia
- Jun 19, 2013
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- Current Referee grade:
- Level 2
My emphasis - I'm not ok with a team grabbing a defender and dragging them in to form a maul, its illegal to tackle a player without the ball and dragging a player in to force them to play the way the BC team wants is unsporting.I really hope someone (ideally The Powers That Be) clarifies this.
Got collared on arrival yesterday by one of the coaches who wanted to clarify how I’d ref uncontested mauls at the lineout. He was under the impression that if the defense didn’t engage and just stood there then the other team couldn’t run into them, so allowing the defenders to create an impassable wall/fall victims of flying wedge just by standing still.
He was shocked that I didn’t agree with him as, as far as I was concerned, if the ball stayed at the front they could march down the the length of the pitch. If defense engage (or got grabbed, or just got plowed into by the advancing team) it was a maul, if his team moved more than a meter it was leaving the lineout and a PK, but they could tackle if they wanted. However, if the ball got moved back it was “use it” time. (I’m fortunate in that USAR have a specific callout of this shenanigan.)
Good news was that the look of absolute confusion from said coach was ended by him mumbling “ok, we won’t bother with that then..”
Job done - this time.