#Asktheref 29th April
RT @Turner3010 Can Mr James Child please give explanation as to Luke Robinson’s sending off. Seems strange to go back to incident?
. @Turner3010 As player injured, during time off vid ref said contact direct to head, based on report Robinson was sent off. JC
RT @airliesbird After much consideration, my first question is this... Would you consider a Jaffa Cake to be a biscuit or a cake?
. @airliesbird 00% cake. A VAT tribunal in 1991 apparently determined it was a cake. Great matchday energy food too! JC
RT @RobWeb479 @RFLReferees what rule changes would you bring in to improve the game.
. @RobWeb479 Not really a rule change but have a single set of laws for RL across the world. JC
RT @bullssupporters how come when team is on last tackle & the kick and the other team get it why do the refs do the signal for back to 0?
. @bullssupporters We don’t – zero signal is only given when other team pick up from an infringement (or to restart clock) JC
RT @pjhailes @RFLReferees can any player contest a refs judgement or is it just the captain that should approach yourselves?
. @pjhailes Any player can speak to ref providing it’s in an appropriate manner, usually it’s the captain though. JC
RT @lozzzknight @RFLReferees #asktherefs are touch judges able to ever overrule the referee?
. @lozzzknight TJs are sole judge on touch, touch in goal & conversions – they can only advise ref on other decisions. JC
RT @JaseBell87 @RFLReferees how much investment do the RFL put into the development of amateur officials? #verypoor #NCL #AskTheRef
. @JaseBell87 Devt of amateur refs is under review post Sport England funding but RFL invest time & money via various ways. JC
RT @J_mason97 @RFLReferees #asktheref why didn't the free play rule apply to Widnes when Sykes knocked the ball on?!!!
. @J_mason97 Rule should have applied & would have if an Official had noticed Sykes knock on; sadly we didn’t. BT
RT @ben_dixon13 #asktheref does the dummy half have to pick the ball up from the play the ball or can he kick it straight off the floor?
. @ben_dixon13 He can kick ball without picking up off the floor. If ball hits man who has just played the ball, then he’s deemed offside. BT
RT @sdmarshall1 Player who plays the ball cannot interfere with defensive players by either grabbing or walking forward into them, correct?
. @sdmarshall1 Correct. The man who has played the ball should not interfere in anyway with the markers i.e. BT
RT @crgulliver @RFLReferees what determines when a team warning ends? Good discipline, referees discretion, set time period etc.
. @crgulliver There is no set time, when a Ref places a team on a warning he does so in the hope that he sees an improvement in discipline.BT
RT @greavsie76 @RFLReferees if a player fly kicks the ball off the floor and goes over the posts,does that count as a drop goal
. @greavsie76 No the ball must be kicked immediately on re-bounding of floor. Doesn’t matter if ball is purposely dropped or accidentally. BT
RT @minichuch @RFLReferees what is the review process for refs in terms of performance and what training and appraisal are given #asktheref
. @minichuch ref reviews his own game, then sits 1 on 1 with a coach & review in depth. Also have Group review look at contentious calls.BT
RT @a_to_the_m_o Do refs go before a panel if deemed inconsistent/to have made too many errors? Like players who get put on report?
. @a_to_the_m_o (1/2) Referees are answerable to the Management team & the RFL, On review of each of their games they are subject
. @a_to_the_m_o (2/2) to a standard level of performance which is managed and assessed by the Management on a weekly basis. BT
RT @YRSuperleague Another one for @RFLReferees as Hicks rules out a Hull KR try for Greg Eden, maybe obstruction? Unsure what that was for.
. @YRSuperleague Yes. The Leeds defender was blocked by Lovegrove and Eden used the gap to run through – clear obstruction. RH
RT @ScottHKR27 Question for Mr Hicks. Can you explain your overall performance in the HKR/Leeds game?
. @ScottHKR27 Following review yesterday, a satisfactory performance with little controversy but as always areas to improve. RH
RT @MikePreston92 Having ex-players as video referees in the NRL is brilliant, have the @RFLReferees thought of doing this? #Asktherefs
. @MikePreston92 Not as yet but I am sure if it was seen to improve the game it will be considered. RH
RT @johnhols when an attacker gets up from a tackle how many steps can he move forward
. @johnhols He should stand where the tackle is complete but a couple of steps is expected. RH
RT @spoonie1002 at play the ball when can defence start to move. Is it when ball touches the floor or when ball is rolled back?
. @spoonie1002 When the ball is played with the foot. RH
RT @mickigg would adopting NRL system of ref giving his opinion of try or no try when referring to video ref be an improvement?
. @mickigg Not sure that it can lead the VR to try and prove the referee right rather than look at what has happened and rule. RH
RT @Joseph_Burnsss can you explain the ruling why tansey wasn't sent off/sin binned for high tackle against salford on Saturday?
. @Joseph_Burnsss Grade A charge proves tackle wasn’t as bad as looked. Wasn’t sure if direct contact so report & penalty best outcome. TA
RT @hickster1972 @RFLReferees #asktheref why were cas allowed to take their dropout when not all their players were behind the line
. @hickster1972 I missed both players coming back on side…My mistake - TA
RT @sidneykidney4 in salford/castleford game why didnt cas get pen for interference withplay the ball on 78 mins on salford line?
. @sidneykidney4 Agree in hindsight it should have been a penalty to Castleford but also Kirk Dixon does push forward too - TA
RT @Warriors18th @RFLReferees Why are players not being punished for "gobbing off to Refs"? #didnthappeninmyday
. @Warriors18th They are dealt with….either word on run…penalty or further action - TA
RT @danielpeers what is the rule when a player catches the ball from kick off with one foot in touch and the other in play? #AskTheRef
. @danielpeers Penalty on half way…Ball out on the full -TA
RT @ChrisHawkins13 what sort of fitness tests do match officials undertake & what are minimum standards required to be up to speed of games?
. @ChrisHawkins13 We do various tests from VO2 Max testing to bleep tests to YOYO tests - TA
RT @slhenge as an avid fan of rl it annoys me when I see a flop on an already tackled player. Is the flop rule still in existence
. @slhenge Yes it is - TA
RT @MikeyWire #Asktherefs Bentham disallowed a Bulls try today for a knock on. Then put a scrum down and gave Bulls head and feed? Baffled me
. @MikeyWire Knock on by Warrington first as 2 players jumped for the ball then a knock on by Brad as he attempted to ground the ball. PB
RT @BigLoserMark @RFLReferees will you be tweeting jokes during games?
. @BigLoserMark Sounds a good initiative, perhaps the video ref could tweet some jokes in between making decisions! PB
RT @RLViews @RFLReferees when a player is put on report - why not give him a sin bin so that the offended team get an advantage? #AskTheRef
. @RLViews "on report" is used because we are unsure of the severity of the foul so we don't bin a player when there is uncertainty. PB
RT @andyock @RFLReferees If the ball is lost in a tackle and the officials don't know how the ball was lost what is the default decision?
. @andyock No default decision. We look at indicators such as 'is the ball lost on impact" or if "pulling" action by the defender. PB
RT @aps6000 In a tackle after the ref calls held how long does the tackler have to move away? Seems a long time in some games & slows game
. @aps6000 No set time. Look at who wins collision to time move call. Expect players to move out on the call. No's in tackle also factor. PB
RT @PriceyRadio If a video ref makes a decision but for some reason the actual referee feels that it's incorrect, can he overturn him?
. @PriceyRadio No, once it's handed to the video ref they make the decision. PB
RT @Beebydave @RFLReferees What is the exact role of the in goal official? Seem to be a waste of time.
. @Beebydave IGJ are there to make decisions on dead ball & tries particularly when ref unsighted. They then signal decision to ref. PB
RT @Adamcarrick123 @RFLReferees how can you people sleep at night
.@Adamcarrick123 Very well, thanks. TR
RT @MickAmos9 @RFLReferees Which rule do you dislike the most and what rule change in your opinion would you add to the game of RL?
.@MickAmos9 Ball steals are some of the hardest;rule changes prob on how we restart play if ball hits us or play is irregularly affected. TR
RT @Laura_L90 @RFLReferees Are there plans to step up any Championship refs to SL in the next couple of weeks to see if theyre any better?
.@Laura_L90 Our appointments are always subject to performance. George Stokers isn’t bad.TR
RT @fevvince @RFLReferees Can you kick a 40/20 directly from a 20m restart without tapping first?
.@fevvince kick taken directly from a 20m restart which bounces in-field & goes into touch will result in a scrum fed by kicking team. TR
RT @lukey_mawson @RFLReferees Who watches the defensive line for Offsides? There are so many offsides that go un-noticed in all matches.
. @lukey_mawson Touch judges, who can then communicate them to the referee.TR
RT @Warriors18th @RFLReferees Why are players not being punished for "gobbing off to Refs"? #didnthappeninmyday
. @Warriors18th I think we generally do take action where players step over the mark.TR
RT @hullfc1997 @RFLReferees if a referee decides to go to video ref why can't the video ref disallow the try for a forward pass
. @hullfc1997 A pass can look very different from one replay/angle to the next so they’re not conclusive. TR
RT @KCCLARKY have you had chance to review the forward passes (plural) from Friday's game between Hull FC v Wigan Warriors?
. @KCCLARKY Yes..First Wigan try was forward from Tomkins and also Hull’s 3rd try there is forward pass from Horne in build up - RS
RT @Bradders_1598 can Silverwood explain his views on Wigan try's on Friday please? Seemed quite controversial from the stands.
. @Bradders_1598 Pass is slightly forward from Tomkins to Thornley - RS
RT @SpringerSaint what do the refs think of the colour choices for their kits ;)
. @SpringerSaint Kit designs aren’t best but me & P.Bentham are in charge of next years so hopefully we have come up with some nice ones- RS
RT @JamieIsaacs #asktherefs is a shoulder charge just a penalty, or an automatic sin-bin/red card for persistent offenders?
. @JamieIsaacs Just a penalty unless you deem there is contact with head then its red - RS
RT @TomTribick is there a chance we cud see vid refs informing ref in regard to missed things Eg where contact was made
. @TomTribick Video refs do help on foul play already - RS
RT @fylo590 Do you think it would improve our game have 2 Refs on the pitch like NRL? Also what's the retirement age for a TJ?
. @fylo590 I think 2 refs would be a help to us as would vid ref at all games. No set age for touch judges. So long as they pass fitness -RS
RT @gibs25WRL new 20m tap rule, if team pass the ball do we have to wait till ref is ready or defensive players are back on 30?
. @gibs25WRL Ref has to be on 30m and defensive players back but if defensive players taking a while to come back then just start play - RS
RT @tom_hkr are refs subject to any kind of performance review at any point in the season?
. @tom_hkr We have performance review every Monday following our game at the weekend - RS
RT @markpower105 Incidents during a game that are not penalised however cited. How do you review a game and pick out incidents? #AsktheRef
. @markpower105 Match review panel look at every game & any incident they feel is worth punishing they deal with it by charging player - RS