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    Default TJ Advice (In Time For Cup Comps)

    In January, we had the Gloucester & District Referees' Society Annual Conference, during which we had an imformative talk from one of our many top officials , Bob Mullis (Elite TJ).

    I'll write up the key points from his hand-out in key blocks.

    Hopefully this will be handy as most Counties move into Combination Cup season!

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    Kick-Off/Restarts
    • Is it a split kick? This will affect whether you're deep or up on the 10m line.
    • Watch the contact, not the ball.


    Kicks in Open Play
    • Watch the kicker - was there a late/dangerous challenge?
    • Where was the kicker (in/out of 22)?
    • Keep eye on chasers/defenders - is there any shirt pulling etc.?
    • Again, watch the contact if a player goes up for the ball.

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    Touch Judging - Important
    • Has the ball crossed the vertical plane of the touch line? - Where!?
    • Has the ball carrier touched/crossed the touch line?
    • Catcher near line - is he in/out of the field of play?
    • What happened to the ball when it went out? (Spectator throwing it back - no quick throw etc.)
    • Is the quick throw allowed? If so, was it taken correctly?


    Line-Out
    • Is the gap there/does it stay there?
    • Hooker in correct place - if not, tap him on the shoulder and ask him to take a step.
    • Hooker delaying the throw? Speak to ref when appropriate.
    • Jumper/support player taken out? Foul play, flag it.
    • Did the ball go 5m? Keep flag up if it didn't.
    • Was the throw straight (if ref wants help in that area)?
    • Obstruction in 5m channel.
    • Take a couple of steps when it set (opposite side to ref) and look low and across the line.
    • Particularly far TJ, make sure teams are 10m back.

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    Scrums
    • Watch front row engagement/binding, talk to ref if necessary at suitable moment.
    • Back row binding, full arm etc. If near, tell him. Again mention to ref.
    • Other things (i.e. body angles/scrum half/flanker obstruction) - pattern? Tell ref.
    • Watch the off-side at the back foot for the backs.
    • Watch a collapsed scrum closely - who caused it? Look for afters.


    Ruck/Maul
    • Watch coming in at the side. Again, if there is a trend, pass it on to the ref.
    • Players on their feet/legal rucking.
    • Maul - are players lifting legs/grabbing heads? Foul play, flag it.
    • Try to spot the player who brings a maul down. Again, foul play.
    • As the ruck/maul finishes, check for afters etc.
    • Always watch for foul play (e.g. stamping), flag it.

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    Open Play
    • Passer - was he challenged late?
    • Receiver/supporters - challenged early/obstructed?
    • Tackles - legal?
    • Is defender obstructed/held back?
    • Is referee unsighted if a clear offence happens?


    Kicks at Goal
    • Can I see the ball, post and other TJ?
    • Whose call is it? (Back/far-side TJ - front TJ, turn to check).
    • Is there anything to say to anyone - remind a hooker to stay on the line etc.

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    Foul Play
    • Can I prevent it? If not, at least see it.
    • What did I see - remember it.
    • Do I assume (usually WRONGLY) that the referee has seen what I have?
    • Do I need to stop the game - stick the flag in!
    • If play continues, pay attention and remember what has happened.
    • What will I say to ref? What happened? Why/How? Who - team/number? Be clear and concise.
    • Keep your hands on your flag and use calm language - definitely don't demonstrate what happened/swear!

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    Some really good advice there Simon, Didn't know TJ was so envolved!
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    THe material that simon refers to can be downloaded as a document called the "Touch Judge Mental Checklist". RFU ref Steve Womersley put it together a while ago. You can download the pdf here:

    http://www.rugbycanada.ca/content_fi...eChecklist.pdf

    Unfortunately it does not deal with the Tackle, which is rather surprising. Otherwise it's pretty good.

    -Bryan

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    It has been altered slightly. I've removed a couple of points which are irrelevant at our level and included some extra advice from various refs/TJs.

    I'll add thelast few notes tonight.

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    Going to pin this for reference to others.
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