What happened to Canterbury's D .. well I think they showed a week off,
but more importantly for the NZ selectors it showed just how good a
player Mayerhofler is.
When he is there his 12 or so tackles a game make a world of difference.
Yesterday a standin was found wanting. When you end up with both 2/5 and
center not able to tackle then the poor loosies have to do so much more
work.... no chance v a VERY good Otago backline. Well played Otago.
Now on a different topic.
I thought the games this weekend have been poorly controlled.
This "post-tackle" rule is a cop out.... when the ref can't decide
whether its a maul ... or a ruck. Now a maul is when Three players (any
combination) are involved in a tackle where the BALL is off the ground.
If one of them is on the ground then they release or get penalised. I
think they should get rid of the "you didn't allow him to release"
penalty... especially if the tackler has retained their feet. How fast
does a maul form? .. well according to some ref's interpretations not
until both forward packs arrive!
The other thing is allowing advantage when clearly none will come. Such
as defending team has penalty advantage on defence, inside own 22...,
ref allows advantage .. oposition ends up with the ball. I would like to
see some clearer guidelines for advantage play, inside own 22, penalty
... end of story. Between both 22s advantage to attacking team. Inside
opposition 22 always advantage.
Anyway for my money the younger of the Steve Walshes is the best ref in
the country, by quite a long way at present, Paddy and Hawk ebtter lift
their game because we expect better from professionals.