Since our southerm hemisphere chums started playing under the full set of ELVs, I took a decision not to watch any of it. Purely because I didnt want to get into the mindset of watching rugby under one set of laws and then to referee a different set. My little brain can barely cope under normal circumstances never mind with all that.
On the excellent rugby365.com web site there is an analysis produced by Andre Watson (now Referees Manager at SARU). The report (http://www.rugby365.com/laws_referees/home/172854.htm) outlines the changes in the game compared to last years comp at this stage.
Interestingly, there has been a 40% increase in Pens/FKs. In 2007, there were 437 pens and FKs comared to 615 so far in 08. The strange bit is in Andre’s comment:
Comment: Because of free kicks in lieu of penalties
So he seems to be saying that where we used to Pen, we now FK. Not a problem with that but surely having more Pen’s or FKs in a game is a bad thing, not a good thing. Though the new ELVs were supposed to help reduce the stoppages, not increase them?
Anyone been watching and care to comment??