Friday 23 February 2018

Hawk-Eye could revolutionse scrum refereeing

Ian Keatley waits as Munster’s pack scrum down against Treviso
Ian Keatley waits as Munster’s pack scrum down against Treviso

In the draw with Scarlets you could have penalised either side, yet Munster got done for three or four penalties in the scrum.

Hawk-Eye was used at Parc y Scarlets for the first time but it was more to do with the regular calls a TMO would be making.

Maybe it could be used at scrum-time for some of the bigger games - the scrum is such an important part of the game, and when every other facet is so well policed you need to have a better look at the set-piece.

Ex-props or referees could be in a room away from the game deciding on what's right and wrong at scrum-time.

It's impossible for a referee to do it all because they are on one side; you might have the touch judge looking after the other but that still doesn't account for everything.

An overhead view would be ideal, it would give a different perspective and prevent teams from being punished when they are doing very little wrong.

Steve Shingler kicked 18 points from penalties for Scarlets against Munster and a good few of them were on the back of disrupted scrums where it could have gone one way or another.

It really is time for a re-think on reffing the scrum.

Irish Independent

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