SUPER-REF Nigel Owens says rugby’s new Legal guidelines are NOT working to enhance the sport.
The opening spherical of Six Nations video games noticed the introduction of hookers being ordered to make use of a “brake foot” to stop all of the pre-scrum weight going by way of their necks.
Some followers have been additionally confused by the “goalline dropout” Legislation and the brand new 50-22 kicking rule that permits a workforce to win a line-out regardless of kicking on the bounce into contact from their very own half.
However Owens, who hung up his whistle two years in the past, stated the proof of final weekend was that not one of the adjustments will be stated to have succeeded.
Owens stated: “The brake foot was introduced in to get stability within the scrum and for security, to assist cease the hooker getting all that strain of the complete pack on his head.
“At Murrayfield, although, Scotland versus England, it didn’t work. Stability was a difficulty from the very first scrum.
“It didn’t assist the referee get stability in any respect so the referees will have to be stronger on it subsequent weekend.
“The 50-22 was introduced in to attempt to ensure the wingers and full-backs dropped into their very own 22 to create more room throughout the sphere on the breakdown line and encourage groups to run moderately than simply kick backwards and forwards.
“But it surely hasn’t made a lot distinction as a result of we nonetheless see just one or two defenders on the breakdown and too many gamers in defence – you continue to don’t have the house.
“What we needed to see was how France scored their attempt simply after half-time in opposition to Italy, when there have been six forwards from either side, the French driving them off the ball and house for a stunning attempt.
“However till you get gamers on their toes and sucking gamers into the ruck you’re not going to see the very best you will get out of the 50-22.
“And the goal-line drop-out while you contact down inside your individual in-goal space truly means you need to give the ball again to the workforce that has kicked past the purpose line.
“I feel we would see extra kicking as a result of the purpose line drop out is extra of a drawback to the defending workforce – we must always return to 22m drop-outs.
“It was designed to cease groups attempting to bludgeon over the ball and power repeated 5m scrums however it hasn’t had any optimistic impression.”
Owens, talking to SunSport together with William Hill, agreed with the choice by Kiwi whistler Ben O’Keefe to yellow card England hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie and award Scotland a match-changing penalty try.
He added: “That was a really easy determination to make. Cowan-Dickie’s actions have been apparent – so penalty and 99.9 per cent of the time it’s a yellow card.
“The query mark is whether or not it ought to have been a penalty attempt.
“For me, Darcy Graham would have caught the ball and doubtless scored.
Cowan-Dickie is not a part of the equation after committing the offence. Therefore it’s a penalty attempt.”
Nigel Owens was talking to The Solar together with William Hill.