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    Pollock, Joubert, & Poite to Ref the 3 Test matches.

    http://www.independent.ie/sport/rugb...-29156068.html

    Chris Pollock to take charge of first test as referees named for Lions tour

    Alan Baldwin– 26 March 2013

    NEW ZEALAND'S Chris Pollock, South African Craig Joubert and France's Romain Poite will referee the test matches in Australia during the British and Irish Lions tour in June and July.

    The International Rugby Board said today that Pollock will referee the first Test in Brisbane on June 22, with Joubert in charge of the second in Melbourne on the 29th and Poite the final test in Sydney on July 6.

    Australian Steve Walsh will take charge of the tour opener between the Lions and the Barbarians in Hong Kong on June 1. New Zealand's Glen Jackson, South Africa Jaco Peyper and Frenchman Jerome Garces will also take charge of matches.

    #2
    How does Poite keep getting high profile matches. Says a lot about the depth of talent available when this clown is put in charge of a Lions test.

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      #3
      Thats the second test lost anyway
      I am the million man.

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        #4
        Craig Feckin Joubert!!! FFS, it'll be 1 all so going into the last test. Poite, you just dunno how he'll ref it

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          #5
          in fairness there is hardly any refss available ...

          nz have no one really bar pollock ....when you rule out the aussies ..(.who only have a kiwi)...and GB and Irl ....your left with France and SA....so a toss up between Garces and Poite ...and Joubert and Jaco peyper.

          Was going to be limited whatever way it was divided up.
          "Hell, I'm not saying I'm an angel, but when it came to dirty tricks I couldn't hold a candle to the Irish Mafia" Jimmy Hoffa

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            #6
            Originally posted by NotreDameRFC View Post
            in fairness there is hardly any refss available ...

            nz have no one really bar pollock ....when you rule out the aussies ..(.who only have a kiwi)...and GB and Irl ....your left with France and SA....so a toss up between Garces and Poite ...and Joubert and Jaco peyper.

            Was going to be limited whatever way it was divided up.
            Maybe the demise of the Lions could be down to there not being anyone to ref the games!?!

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              #7
              And yet all the reaction on twitter seems to have been to the announcement of Steve Walsh for the Lions v BaaBaa's ..
              Plato: \"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.\"

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                #8
                Unpredictable Romain Poite’s selection for potentially decisive third Test sends a shiver down the spine

                Both camps have welcomed the appointment of New Zealander Chris Pollock for the first Test

                Gerry Thornley



                Thu, Jun 20, 2013, 01:00



                The Lions roadshow moved on to the warmer climes of Brisbane yesterday, where the forecast heavy rains of Friday are due to move on and ensure a dry match day come Saturday’s first Test.
                But the performance of Jerome Garces in the Lions’ defeat to the Brumbies in Canberra was a reminder of the vagaries of referees during the course of this tour, and especially with the Test series in mind, not least the dark cloud hanging over the potentially decisive third Test in the shape of Garces’ compatriot Romain Poite.
                For the time being, both camps have welcomed the appointment of New Zealander Chris Pollock for the first Test. According to official IRB statistics on the 2013 Six Nations, Test matches refereed by Pollock average only 17 penalties per game, which, for examples is a long way short, not surprisingly, of Wayne Barnes, who averages 26 per match.
                Of those 17 penalties under Pollock’s watch, 11 have been for breakdown infringements and given Pollock averages only three per match against the attacking side, both the Wallabies and the Lions should be encouraged to keep the ball in hand and build through the phases.

                Scrum offences
                Significantly, Pollock awards only 2.7 penalties per match for scrum offences, something that the Australians will welcome, for the scrum, or at any rate how it is policed.
                The impression being portrayed by the Australian media is that “the Wallabies want to secure quick, clean scrum ball to unleash creative backs and the Lions more intent on manipulating the set pieces for three-pointers”.
                Hence Bob Dwyer’s publicly stated concern about the Lions playing outside the laws of the game, as any side coached by a New Zealander does, and specifically when it comes to the scrum, albeit highlighting Dylan Hartley’s penchant for making his opposing hooker pop up at scrum time.
                Pollock’s statistics at scrum time is in stark contrast to Poite, the man who will control the third Test in Sydney after Craig Joubert referees the second Test in Melbourne. His games averaged six scrum penalties per match, and all against the defending side.
                That the card-happy and unpredictable Poite was chosen for the third Test sends a shiver down the spine – think back to the Nathan White sin-binning in the endgame of the Rabo PRO12 decider between Leinster and the Ospreys over a year ago which went a long way toward deciding the title.
                When it comes to the breakdown, a la Garces, Poite is also more inclined to allow a French-style free-for-all, with players continually going off their feet without punishment, as was the case on Tuesday.

                Pollock’s approachAsked about Pollock’s approach to the breakdown on Saturday compared to Garces, the Lions assistant coach, Rob Howley, yesterday commented: “It’s all down to how the referee referees that, in terms of the tackler rolling away, and allowing us to get over the ball and win the shoulder battle. We have to be allowed to do that so there has to be a separation between the ball-carrier and your support system. Last night we felt that we weren’t allowed to get into that separation, mainly down to our technical deficiencies, but also because there wasn’t a clear separation at the contact area.
                “The way Chris Pollock refereed the second Test out in Australia (v Wales) last year, we’re more than happy that the tackler will have to roll away and we can get our support systems around the ball. We’re quite happy with Chris Pollock refereeing, he’s an outstanding referee.”
                Howley and the rest of the Lions management were clearly less than happy with the contribution, or lack of, from touchjudges Jaco Peyper and Glen Jackson in Canberra. “You would like to think with Joubert and Poite (this Saturday) that there would be a lot of influence from the tough judges.”

                http://www.irishtimes.com/sport/rugb...pine-1.1435619

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                  #9
                  Is there any point even playing the third test. Just toss a coin. It's the same as having that clown Poite refereeing.

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                    #10
                    They should just toss Poite. Let Paulie do it! "Heads or tails? "

                    Huh, huh...say it out loud!
                    "Toss Poite...total toss poite"

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                      #11
                      Joubert is a jellyfish of a ref and poite has a napoleon complex. imagine if paulie has to captain the lions in that test with poite.
                      "I can't say, I'm the referee, I'm not your coach" - Romain Poite

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                        #12
                        It's all downhill from here!

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                          #13
                          At least Joubert and Poite will allow the ruck area to be a contest...not just a free for all for the attacking team...only one turnover at ruck area in first test.
                          "Hell, I'm not saying I'm an angel, but when it came to dirty tricks I couldn't hold a candle to the Irish Mafia" Jimmy Hoffa

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                            #14
                            Never thought I'd actually be glad to see Poite reffing!!
                            "There are a lot of points that we’ve left behind and this is with a young group. That probably tells you what they’re capable of and that they’re a very good side.

                            Probably next year or the year after next they will take some stopping"

                            Anthony Foley, May 2016. Axel RIP

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by NotreDameRFC View Post
                              At least Joubert and Poite will allow the ruck area to be a contest...not just a free for all for the attacking team...only one turnover at ruck area in first test.
                              The ruck area was a contest, if the Lions were prepared to ruck. Get a couple of forwards to bind on each other and drive over the ball and they might have won a few turnovers.

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