Super Rugby trial "on-report" powers
January 28, 2012
It is unlikely an on-report system would have saved Sam Warburton in the World Cup semi-final © Getty Images
Super Rugby will trial a rugby league-style "on-report" system in this season's competition.
The International Rugby Board will closely monitor the developments that will allow referees to report a player for a judicial hearing if foul play is suspected. Super Rugby organisers Sanzar will be the first to embrace the trial.
"It is correct that Sanzar will be trialling new judicial rules during the 2012 Super rugby tournament, with the approval of the IRB," chief executive Greg Peters told the Weekend Herald.
"We are presently putting the final touches on these rules and will be making an announcement to internal and external stakeholders early next week."
However, the new approach is unlikely to lead to a dramatic reduction in red cards with referees still being urged to brandish their cards when they clearly spot foul play.
Under such a system, Wales captain Sam Warburton would still have been sent off in the World Cup semi-final as referee Alain Rolland was in clear view of the incident and adamant a red card was warranted.
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