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
POSITIONING IN SEVENS RUGBY
We see a lot of younger and less experienced Sevens referees trying to find the best running lines and positioning that allows them to see the action up close, without getting in the player’s way. Here are some major points to determine the best positioning in refereeing Sevens rugby:
1. Run with the team that is applying pressure – if the defending team is pushing up the p
MAUL – IS IT OR ISN’T IT?
By law, a maul consists of at least three players, all on their feet; the ball carrier and one player from each team. All of the players involved must be caught in or bound to the maul and must be on their feet and moving towards a goal line.
One trend in Sevens is when the defending team ties up a ball carrier by holding said ball carrier up and sealing off the ball. If