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Practical Aspects of Refereeing the tackle

Practical Aspects of Refereeing the Tackle


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Tackle

  • Rugby is a physical game composed of many individual contests; tackles occur hundreds of times during a game

  • Tackles are a prime source of turnover ball

  • Tackles are a prime source of player frustration

  • Players and referees often lack situational awareness

  • Getting tackles right is the path to referee greatness!


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Why is the tackle hard to referee?

  • Tackle situation versus referee position – fitness, awareness, view

  • Nature of the tackle – good, single, team, high, late, etc.

  • Number and position of players involved

  • What they do immediately after the tackle

  • The speed at which other situations develop



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Tackle - Priorities

  • Recognition – has tackle occurred? – where are you?

  • Tackler – what positive action does he take?

  • Tackled player – what action does he take?

  • Arriving Players – joining (gate), body position, action, formation of offside lines




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Key Points

  • Positive action – tackler rolls away (if he can), ball placed and available, supporting players come through the gate, stay on their feet and build platform, ball moves away quickly

  • No interference to slow or prevent ball release

  • Good referee communication can help – precise, pertinent, on-time instruction

  • Failure to insist on positive play results in player frustration, slow ball, and foul play


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Actions of players arriving

Body positions tell a lot. No flying in!


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Actions of players arriving

What can turned player do?

Can arriving player tear the ball away from the tackler?


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Actions of players arriving

Sealing?

Any attempt to stay on their feet?

Can tackled player play the ball?



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Refereeing the Gate

  • “The Gate” exists at tackle, ruck, and maul – need to remind players!

  • Players must enter tackle situation behind the ball

  • Referees don’t have a meter stick, so you have to assess situation as you see it

  • Penalize destructive entry; leave constructive play flow


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Decision time

  • Ball coming – do we play on?

  • Fast whistle to stop pile ups – “scrum, attacking ball”

  • Fast penalty to encourage tacklers to roll away

  • Fast penalty to encourage tackled players to release ball


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Summary

  • Tackles are physical contests

  • You can’t decide if you’re not there

  • Words are important – but only if precise

    • “Release”

    • “Hands away”

  • Know the situation – tackle, not held, maul, ruck

  • Fast decisions help a structured game


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