last weeks game i reffed we had issues with defending hookers "flashing " too early ; mainly due to ......."yes nine go ! command .
Perhaps we go back to a steady scrum and attacking hooker tapping prop to tell scum half he is ready for the ball ?
"yes nine go " is a command the ref needs not to say and stady scrum is the key ?
In terms of union refereeing I had a fairly light weekend, just an AR on Sunday (I also reffed League on Saturday). I came into the game carrying an injury that I picked up on Saturday. I managed to kick my self and bruised the muscle that lifts the foot according to the physio. It hurt, and I called up reappointments and they couldn't find anyone so I pushed through it.
The game was good Ealing U23 vs Royal Navy U23. Had a good time, final score 26-17, but Ealing scored on the death
On Sunday I had a tournament-Esher Presidents Cup. Good tourney with a lot of the top London schools (Hampton, John Fisher, Abingdon, whitgift, Brighton, and Henley). I did three games, my first game-Hampton vs Abingdon, my second was Henley vs whitgift, and my third was the final being John Fisher vs whitgift.
In the first game I felt had two issues, the scrum and lineout. The scrum was more a dominant side vs a small side so wasn't really me, we reset a few scrums due to 45,
I'm writing this on the tube on the way to my match. Yesterday's match was a game of two halves. I had Barnes 2s vs Ampthill 2s in a level 8 friendly. Final score 47-17. The half time score was 0-17, like I said two halves. The first half saw a higher pk count against Barnes, but nothing out of the ordinary, whereas the second half was much more even. The game had a decent flow and was recorded so will try to post a link at some point.
From a coach and captains point of view
The season has started kinda...
This weekend I AR'd Premiership U18s, TJ'd a RL international, and reffed England women 7s selection camp.
During the Premiership U18s I had London Irish, Harlequins, and Saracens in a round robin. Some really good games, things I picked up are the pre-match briefing of balance and stability as a factor in the scrums. I'm going to take this into my first game this weekend (8/31 L8 friendly)
The 7s camp went great, the coaches