To coincide with the Lions Test Matches in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, the ARU held three Lions Referee Seminars in the weeks before each test match in each city, featuring Q&A sessions with the three Test Match Referees Chris Pollock, Craig Joubert and Romain Poite.
As part of these seminars, the ARU also developed an education session around the tackle contest that was delivered by Jamie McGregor at each seminar.
The session covers reading the tackle situation and the decision you are most likely to next have to make, the picture you want to see to reward the defence, situations where players are not supporting their own body weight, recommendations about communication at the tackle, issues of material effect regarding ‘holding on’ situations and when to play advantage. There are video clips to support each issue.
This presentation has been distributed to all States for use in education sessions. For a copy of the content, please email your State Referee Education contact.