What’s next, neutral directors?
May 23, 2013 in Uncategorized
If there’s one job that I don’t want to do, it’s being the director of a live sports event. Looking at all those monitors choosing the correct angle that must be broadcast to a world wide audience. And being the director at a rugby match is even worse because you have the TMO decisions that you must cope with.
That’s what makes the TMO call at the Rebels Stormers game so much more interesting. According to Sareferees.co.za, the call for the forward pass fell outside the TMO’s jurisdiction because he wasn’t asked about it, but Lindon Bray disagrees with this. He said the TMO could have made a call on the forward pass, but the camera angles that was shown was either zoomed too far out or only shows the back of the players, so he couldn’t make a ruling on this issue.
Strange then, that soon after the penalty try was awarded, a replay was played at an angle that clearly shows the knock on. Why wasn’t this angle used during the TMO decision? To his credit, Bray didn’t accuse anyone of foul play, but just stated that it is unfortunate that this angle wasn’t used during the TMO decision.
So far, all the macth officials present are being held accountable for their calls. That’s why they are there, but, as far as I know, the director cant be held accountable if he doesn’t provide the TMO with the one little piece of footage that might have costed the home side seven points.