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#1 G Las D

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 06:27 PM

Matt Geyer reckons that a way to stop the fiasco of a 7 tackle play and other drastic mistakes by refs is to allow each team captain to have a challenge to decisions.


When this was trialled in the 2013 National Youth Competition each captain was allowed to ask for up to two video reviews per half game.


Surely doing this would be an over reaction to an individual, albeit serious, mistake and would mean slowing down the game and let in the possibility of gamesmanship where a rest or delay would advantage the challenging captain's team.


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#2 DavidM

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 07:32 PM

Michael Ennis challenges every one ... Did you hear the pocket ref talking to the main ref , ' he's coming back again ' !!!

#3 faz'_nose

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 09:33 AM

Two challenges is too many, in my opinion. One challenge would be more effective. It could work something like:

If a mistake was tremendously obvious (to everyone but the officials) then the captain could/would use the challenge (and keep it - assuming that a mistake was proven to have occurred).

If it wasn't obvious (that a mistake had been made), captains would (presumably) be less likely to use their challenge - as they would lose it if a mistake was proven not to have occurred.

Additionally, if a 'suspected' mistake was so unclear (at the time) that the challenge wasn't utlised, it would be hard to accuse the officials of making a 'howler' (after the game).

I'm probably being idealistic and as good as the cameras (and technology) are, they do not always provide conclusive evidence. That, alone, could scupper the plans - not to mention the fact that the similar system in cricket is so controversial.

Edited by faz'_nose, 17 September 2013 - 09:36 AM.

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 12:59 AM

If they bring it in, need to keep water carriers off the field then since they are linked via mic to the coach. Craig Fitzgibbon for example spends more time on the field now then he did when he played for Hull.

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#5 DiddyDave

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 03:15 AM

We don`t need anymore stoppages in play,they get enough of a break when there`s a scrum,or when there`s only half a minute or so to go to half/full time. Surely the video refs can tell the blokes on the park if they`ve missed something,they do it when the Warriors play. When they played Melbourne a few months ago,Johnson kicked a 40/20,but after they`d shown a replay of it bouncing just passed the 20 metre line,we came back to Melbourne having the feed even though the lino clearly indicated it was a 40/20. So they can do it when it suits them and the last thing we need is captains having the right to change the ref`s decision as in Ashes cricket as they still can`t/don`t get it right. 

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