Sports Talk: Super Rugby / RefCam

Super 15: Hurricanes 29 Crusaders 28

The Hurricanes crept home last night over the Crusaders in a hotly contested match in Wellington with a well timed intercept try in the last 10 minutes by Alapati Leiua to clinch a 1 point lead after being 6 points down. A missed drop goal by Dan Carter failed to put the Crusaders back in front and never got another realistic chance after that.


This is RefCam, a new initiative to take fans even closer to the action and perhaps bring closer scrutiny to the game. New Zealand referee Chris Pollock was the first match official to wear the HD camera during a Super 15 game between Queensland Reds and NSW Waratahs last month. SANZAR will be reviewing the RefCam coverage to consider its broader implementation.



Maybe David Carter could wear one when parliament sits …






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  • Morrissey

    Just as long as they don’t have a microphone on the referee. Football fans don’t need any more inane streams of Paddy O’Brien-style chatter.

    • Patrick

      Rugby refs have been “miked” for many years, about the only way the viewers can get an inkling as to why the ref keeps blowing the whistle.

      • Morrissey

        If it was an explanation of what had happened, fine. But almost entirely what we hear is a never-ending torrent of banal comments. What’s worse, it seems that many of them feel OBLIGED to say something, as if we’re watching THEM instead of the players.