POSITION AT THE PENALTY
When the referee awards a penalty kick and gives the mark (point at it, you don’t have to physically give the mark - especially if it slows down play), we noticed some referees like to run up 10 meters to give a clear indication to the offending team where they need to go. First of all, there is no “right” place to stand at a penalty, and as long as a referee does not get in the w
We’ve been receiving reports about front rows that get to their knees before every Sevens scrum (we saw it in Houston last month). The front row then gets on their feet for the “crouch” call, and then binds (“bind”) and engages (“set”) the other front row on their feet. Reactions from referees, when they see it, range from no worries to incredulous. Which then leads to inconsistency from referees and
SLOW BALL IS NO BALL!
The quality of Sevens matches will almost always depend on how accurately and how consistently the Referee sorts out the breakdown. It’s a dynamic, high-speed contest for possession that we need to get right. One of the highest priorities for a Sevens referee is to ensure “lightening quick ball”. In Sevens, the ball should be made available immediately (defined loosely as the time