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Fall Season 2011

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I've decided to start a blog about each game I ref and take any comments on how to improve. Hopefully I can keep track of the stats and post them as well.

Match Date: 17Sept2011
I had a men's club match and for the first league match of the year, my expectations for the teams was a little bit higher. I do feel that this had some impact on how I refereed the match, but I don't know how to gauge the impact.

Each team had their problems, ball was extremely slow out of the rucks and set phases and therefore my fitness was not a problem. This was the first time I can say I only had 1 scrum for a forward pass all match. There were several (too many to count) called for knock-on. I only had one go to ground all match, which I was happy about, but then I also had 3 pk at the scrum. 2 for boring and 1 for early engagement. I did have 2 instances of the ball being taken against the head and the fly half was 1 meter off the 8-man. Each time I called advantage and he whined. I could have called a pk at every tackle/ruck and made the effort to keep the whistle in the pocket and have a game instead of a penaltyfest. I even called the captains at 20 minutes into the match and told them to clean it up, with no avail... After the match I talked to the captains and coaches and asked for their advice. Each one told me that I handled the match fairly well and was consistent. But they also added that they thought I could have cleaned up the tackle/ruck. When I asked them how, they said "you're the ref, do what you think is necessary." Thanks for the help was my only thought.

My goals were to manage the scrum better (being a back before picking up the whistle) and still not knowing half of what actually goes on in the scrum after refereeing for a few years. I think it worked, but I also believe that at this level of match, the players could have made things really difficult for me and chose not to. Now only if I could work on the tackle/ruck phase and figure out how to clean that part up to get quicker ball...