What Issue? - the Chanting or the touch judge issue as both issues have got mangled together on one thread!
I'd suggest that the former issue has led to the latter issue so are naturally intertwined. I'm interested if you see it that way too. If you do, what are the learnings from all of this?
And this is important. Many people believe that the ref only makes a decision when he blows the whistle, but for every peep there are several tens of decisions that result in "no peep". A perfect game is not a rational aspiration, so it's all about how you deal with the inevitable errors. I think Taffy's approach of fronting up requires a great deal of self-confidence and a winning way with people. It wouldn't work for me, but he seems to have got Phil's buy-in, so it seems to work for him.I spoke to Phil captain on half way and said "If I got it wrong I am sorry, but I am going to make about 1,000 decisions today - bear with me on that one". I think a refreshing honest approach at times can be helpful. Does that help?
Probably clamp down even quicker on chat as once I had done so it went astonishingly quiet and we had a good game
Keeping a dialogue going with the skipper even after you have peed him off is good form
I'm interested - genuinely interested, and not just to pick a fight - as to why, Dickie?
I'm not sure that the phraseology is exactly what I would adopt, but the sentiment...yes