New signal to appear on big screen
The words ‚'Benefit of the Doubt' are to be added to decisions that appear on the video replay screen at all future engage Super League matches, in the relevant circumstances.
The new signal which will give supporters additional clarification of when a try is awarded in such situations begins with immediate effect and could be used in engage Super League's Easter fixtures which kick-off this evening.
When the Video Referee has awarded a try using the benefit of the doubt principle, the screen will display ‚"TRY ‚- Benefit of the Doubt‚" so that spectators are aware that the ruling has been applied.
Commenting on the development, the RFL's Match Officials Director Stuart Cummings said: ‚"We believe this additional information will give supporters and television viewers clarification when ‚'Benefit of the Doubt' has been applied.
‚"The new signal will further improve the understanding and enjoyment of matches for many people and is therefore an important communication tool for engage Super League.‚"
The ruling is applied in situations where the Video Referee has viewed a potential try from all available angles and there is still doubt, or the quality of the replay leaves the Video Referee in some doubt.
In these cases, the benefit of the doubt should go to the attacking team and a try should be awarded.