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Super Rugby TMO powers unlikely to be extended

SANZAR Boss Greg Peters

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Article Published: Friday 14 December 2012|

SANZAR Boss Greg Peters has hinted that TMO's will not have their jurisdiction increased for the 2013 Super Rugby season although a final decision is yet to be made.

Trials in the Currie Cup and the English Premiership have seen Television Match Officials' (TMO) powers expanded so that they can review possible infringements in the run up to a try being scored.

The trial has also seen the TMO's reviewing acts of foul play but it can leave fans frustated and delay the match.

Peters is not too keen on implementing the TMO changes for Super Rugby but International Rugby Board's rugby committee, which is chaired by ex-All Blacks captain Graham Mourie will review the trial on December the 21st.

Super Rugby kicks off in 2013 on February the 15th which gives the IRB enough time to assess the trial and to make recommendations.

"I think the jury is still out on this," Peters told Fairfax Media.

"It will be a big ask (to change the rules around the TMO), given the IRB hasn't met to discuss them by the time our competition has started."

Peters does not want Super Rugby fans to get confused by having a tournament that is run under different laws to another tournament.

"There is also a lot of subjectivity around it - things like who initiates the review, the referee or the TMO? "

"How far do you go back in the movement? Was there foul play downfield, was there a forward pass back on the 22m and if it was a line-ball you have to take the camera angle into account too."

"Sanzar will want to be very, very clear on the extent of the protocols if anything is to be changed at all," Peters added.

"We don't want fans to get confused. It can seem simple but it's not. There is so much subjectivity."

While Peters has not yet completely dismissed the concept of the TMO's powers being extended he is cautious.

"This is something I would prefer to see introduced across the whole game, not just in selected competitions . . . if the recommendations are very clear in stating how they should be used it is possible we will implement them."

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