Sunday, September 20, 2015

Technology is not always better!

The referees sometimes appear fairer without the artificial aids.

The Fiji number nine, after ten minutes in the naughty chair, scored what seemed to real time, eyes only,  to have redeemed himself with a scintilating solo run through the English defence, and referee Peyper awarding a try.
Until that was, whe crowd, English in the main, roared, following a big screen replay revealed a seperation between hand and ball just prior to an otherwise legal grounding.
In the very complex and often mysterious many rules of Rugby, a player in general play can propel the ball forward meters but if control is regained without the ball touching the ground or another player there is no offence, yet in attempting that touchdown where it arguably did not move "forward", control was clearly regained to apply downward pressure.The brief seperation was caused by the flailing lower leg of the English "tackler".

 In the noble game of cricket where back in the day it was considered the right thing for a batsman to 'walk',  any doubt in the umpires mind went in favour of the batsman, now with a fully tech review system, that the Indian Board is yet to embrace, the only remnant advantage for the batsman lies with the initial realtime opinion of the umpire that must be shown to be without doubt,  in error.

 Back to the RWC and its embracing of technology that cost Fiji that try, at a time in the game when seven points to Fiji had a significant likelyhood of playing on the minds of the English players, there is no massive tech monitoring of one of the serious blights on the current game.
Offside plus the extremely difficult to police  but related,   forward passes.  Extremely common in scoring and defending both easily reviewable with an overhead camera and a travelling line moving concurrent with the ball movement.

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