The absorbing 2019 Rugby World Cup moves into its knockout phase this weekend.
One key feature is the latest revision of the high tackle laws. It is a contact sport yes, but there shall be no contact with your opponent’s head.
The protocol that the match officials must follow is now well-known to viewers. It has three steps;
Was there ball carrier head/neck contact?
What is the degree of danger – high or low?
Are there clear and obvious mitigating factors?
The games’ lawmakers provide the flowchart seen below.
I do like these sporting three-stage adjudicators.
Football has similar. When considering foul play, the referee can view through grades of whether it was careless, reckless or dangerous. A rough outcome for each being free-kick, caution, dismissal.
Indeed, almost reminiscent of the classic ‘traffic-light’ assessments well-known to solution sellers. Green is Go, Red is No, Amber let’s talk more….
Although be wary of the classic “orange card” syndrome, where a yellow card could’ve been a red – on any given day, a half-booking, half-sending off – and vice versa.
What’s relevant to anyone engaged (dare I say, ‘crouch, bind and setting’) in the action from Japan, is the applicability of adapting this to both our qualification and forecasting, as well as a prospect’s key decision flow.
In the latter case, bringing up the current rugby protocol which protects the head seems like a neat way of getting closer to deal likelihood and introducing a gauge of the level of any specific prospect requirement, pain or desire.
& the pool stage red card of Argentina – as also pictured up top from the other side – for this high tackle versus England as seen on a pub tv as the Television Match Official review takes place;