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NRL referees boss Daniel Anderson provides clarity on obstruction rule

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  1. swoop

    swoop Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    by: Josh Massoud
    From: The Daily Telegraph
    January 17, 2013 12:00AM


    IT'S really not that complicated - run behind a teammate and you'll be penalised for obstruction.
    Referees boss Daniel Anderson has restored sanity and tradition to the game's most maddening rule, which was rife with varied interpretation last season.

    In his first major presentation as head of the new regime, Anderson yesterday fronted every NRL coach - barring Knights mentor Wayne Bennett - to present the new guidelines at League Central.

    The coaches were shown a DVD of several controversial calls from 2012, including Justin Hodges' Origin III try that came from a dash behind a Maroons teammate.

    Under the new regime's interpretation, the same movement will constitute obstruction - as has been the case for most of the game's 105-year existence.

    Notwithstanding how much distance separates the ball-carrier from decoys or blockers, teams will now be penalised should any attacker run behind a teammate. The same consequences will apply to sweep players who receive the ball on the inside - rather than directly behind or outside - a decoy runner.

    One of the harshest critics of last year's rulings, Manly coach Geoff Toovey emerged a satisfied man.

    "We got a bit of closure around the obstruction stuff, it was good," Toovey said.

    "There was a lot of headway made. I think they've made their point clear about what is obstruction and what isn't. The rules were a bit out of tune with how the game has gone and they've made a bit of tweaking."

    Without going into precise detail about the new rules, which won't be confirmed until yesterday's feedback from the coaches is digested, Anderson predicted fans would be more assured this season. "We're doing our best to get as many as we can and get some clarity for coaches," Anderson said.

    "It doesn't matter what model you put in. The game has that much athletic ability there is always going to be things you don't envisage or legislate for."

    http://www.news.com.au/sport/nrl/nrl-referees-boss-daniel-anderson-provides-clarity-on-obstruction-rule/story-fndujljl-1226555425645

    There goes the Dogs' number 1 play.
     
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  2. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    If it ain't broke don't fix it. This rule was pretty clear since day one of footy, yet Billy thought he would apply some "key indicators" to obsfucate the situation and make life even more difficult for the morons in pink.

    Let's hope that sanity prevails and we don't see video refs trying to conjure up tries like the Hodges example. That was a low point for RL last year.
     
  3. MadMarcus

    MadMarcus Local Lunatic 2016 Tipping Competitor

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  4. bones

    bones Bones Knows Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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  5. Mals

    Mals Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Is that word of the day?

    So far so good with Anderson in charge... early days though.
     
  6. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    LOL. Yes typo, my bad. I'll stick to "confuse" in future.
     
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  7. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

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    Good move C&C.

    Using obfuscate adumbrates your meaning.
     
  8. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Freudian slip, all the talk of obstruction, obfuscated my spelling.

    Your right though Rex, it did make me look like I am a dumb rate.
     
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