Rugby has borrowed many things from its 13-man spin-off over the years and it seems rugby league’s latest development, the video-replay bunker, has also worked its way onto the World Rugby radar.
While technology and the use of the Television Match Official continue to cloud this year’s Super Rugby season, the NRL’s new bunker set-up has largely been hailed as an overwhelming success.
The gloss may have come off the NRL procedure a little in round three, with Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan questioning some of the decisions from Monday night’s loss to Manly; but on the whole a greater number of reviewed decisions have proved correct while the time to make a call has been reduced significantly.
Super Rugby, meanwhile, continues to battle inconsistencies from game to game while fans can sometimes wait for more than two minutes for a decision to be handed down, as was the case in at the conclusion of theStormers-Brumbies clash on Saturday night. The NRL’s bunker, meanwhile, takes fans at home into the decision-making process and displays each of the angles used to make the call.
Speaking in direct reference to the Rugby World Cup, where TMO decisions are made in conjunction with the referee via stadium big screens and Hawk-Eye technology, World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper told ESPN the governing body was “open to anything”.
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