Published on August 20, 2014
Follow Rondebosch rugby on Twitter for fixtures and results: @BoschRugby RBHS vs SACS There are 22 sections, laws and hundreds of by-laws and variations in the IRB Playing Charter of 2013. This quote is from the Introduction to the Principles of the Laws: “The Laws of Rugby must be applied in such a way as to ensure that the game is played according to the principles of play. The referee can ensure this through fairness, consistency and sensitivity. In return, it is the responsibility of the coaches, captains and players to respect the authority of the match officials”. It is quite a daunting task for one arbitrator to get it right every time he/she steps on the field. But that is not the point. How do we react when things don’t go our way? Throw our hands up in the air, scream, abuse the individual verbally, and even, confront the referee at half time on the field or after the match? This will not help the cause at all. Common sense says that rugby is tough and challenging enough, surely a team and the supporters can only benefit from getting the referee on side.