TMOs. Too Much Officiating. Is it me or are these guys making shocking decisions on an weekly basis?
For officials who have replays and a calm and controlled environment to make decisions with the aid of slow-mos and different camera angles, these guys still continue to make shocking calls. Where there should be certainty, there is only “Sheesh I am not sure, this one camera angle says one thing but this one says another, I have no idea. I will just go with the decision that favours the home side, LOL”.
Recently Sir Graham Henry had a massive go at the TMOs and match officials in general, after the Blues lost to the Crusaders. He even went so far as to question whether the TMO was in fact blind. In the last month both Dave Rennie and Mark Hammett, coaches of the Chiefs and Hurricanes respectively have publicly complained about the standard of the refereeing. The Stormers opted for the ‘swear and threaten’ route to make their grievances known. So does referee boss Lyndon Bray come out and acknowledge any faults or mistakes? Are you new here? No, he defends the refs week in and week out and for good measure slaps the Stormers with a $25,000 fine.
Anyway let’s all just calm down. We’ve got to keep our composure, we can’t afford to freak out! Back to Super Rugby and the team of the week is the Crusaders, who are looking in ominous form. 7 games to call this week and all could go either way, let’s get down to it and dance this prediction dance.
Super Rugby Round 15, Friday 24th May 2013
Chiefs vs Crusaders
The Crusaders have brought back Israel Dagg into the side with Robbie Fruean dropping to the bench. Tom Taylor moves to inside centre and Ryan Crotty to outside centre. In the forwards, Codie Taylor gets a start at hooker, replacing the injured Corey Flynn. The Crusaders are back to winning ways and with Dan the man Carter and captain Read getting their grooves back, are looking very much title contenders.