"title": "TMO protocols under the spotlight",
    "image": "https:\/\/images.supersport.com\/AndyMarinos160716looksonG1050.jpg",
    "body": "<p>Sanzaar took the extraordinary step on Monday to admit there were \u201cmajor concerns\u201d with the implementation of the Television Match Official (TMO) protocols during this year\u2019s Vodacom Super Rugby tournament.\r\n<\/p><p>\r\nAfter a series of disputed calls and controversy during the tournament, Sanzaar has particularly instituted a review of the TMO protocols at the end of this year\u2019s tournament in order to try and ensure the process runs smoother in the 2019 tournament.\r\n<\/p><p>\r\nSanzaar reiterated that this is part of the normal review of its competitions at the end of each tournament.<\/p><p>\r\n\r\n\u201cAt the conclusion of each season SANZAAR conducts a thorough review of its competitions and looks to continually enhance and improve the product for its stakeholders,\u201d a statement said.<\/p><p>\r\n\r\n\u201cThe past four weeks of international and domestic rugby have highlighted some challenges within the match officiating processes in the game of rugby, in particular the events over the past two weeks of super rugby.\u201d<\/p><p>\r\n\r\n<p><iframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/jXuYqN2sUzI\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"autoplay; encrypted-media\" allowfullscreen><\/iframe><\/p><p>\r\n\r\nSanzaar CEO Andy Marinos said the competition needed better consistency in the TMO decisions.<\/p><p>\r\n\r\n\u201cMatch officiating is a very important component of our game that undergoes continuous review to keep abreast of law changes and specific directives passed down from World Rugby. The performances of the guys in the middle and those on the sidelines, and behind the TV monitor, are regularly reviewed and appraised to ensure the best referees and officials are officiating in Super Rugby matches.\u201d<\/p><p>\r\n\r\n\u201cLike a player, match officials who consistently do not perform to the level required are stood down from time to time, with specific game related work then done to get them back to performing consistently.\u201d<\/p><p>\r\n\r\n\u201cA major concern for us at present is the practical implementation of the Television Match Official (TMO) protocols. The protocols are clearly not working and a specific review is required in this area.\u201d<\/p><p>\r\n\r\n\u201cSANZAAR believes the appointed referee needs to remain the key decision maker on the field and that TMO interventions only provide context to the match officials\u2019 decision making. We need better consistency in the application of the protocols and most would agree that perhaps this is not the case. The aim of the review will be to drive some operational changes to the protocols to ensure this consistency so that better outcomes are delivered.\u201d<\/p><p>\r\n\r\n\u201cSANZAAR is not empowered to adjust any protocols that have a direct affect on the Laws of the Game. However, we are keen to lead the discussion in this important area and following our review we will take our recommendations to World Rugby, the guardians of the Laws of Rugby, to ensure beneficial outcomes are achieved for the game.\u201d\r\n<\/p><p>\r\nNo time frame for the review has been given. <\/p>",
    "blurb": "Sanzaar took the extraordinary step on Monday to admit there were \u201cmajor concerns\u201d with the implementation of the Television Match Official (TMO) protocols.",
    "date": "2018-07-16T13:01:17",
    "author": "Brenden Nel",
    "credit": "supersport.com",
    "img_credit": "Andy Marinos &copy; Gallo Images",
    "category": "Vodacom Super Rugby",
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