Jonathan Davies Blasts Referee’s Interpretation Of New Tackle Laws


Former Wales playmaker Jonathan Davies reckons inexperienced referee’s ‘have gone berserk’ imposing the new tackle laws.

A number of yellow cards were handed out this weekend, with Ulster also conceding a penalty try in their loss to Scarlets in the PRO12 as a result of a challenge by number eight Sean Reidy as scrumhalf Aled Davies dove for the line.

The decision to award a penalty try was highly criticised, with Ulster’s Charles Piutau notably venting his frustration on Twitter. 


Former union and league star Davies said:

“It’s a brilliant directive but it’s not being refereed properly. They’ve gone to the letter of the law, and it’s gone crazy.

Davies wants referees to adopt a common sense approach, adding:

“You know a high shot, you know a cheap shot, you know a fair shot and referees have got to understand the difference as well.”

Ospreys boss Steve Tandy has also said the new laws are making the game “unreffable”.

What do you think of the new directives? Are the referee’s failing to use common sense when applying them?

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