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Reviewing the Clear and Obvious


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We thought an overview of the new TMO trial would be handy - so here it is (thanks Refs' team!):

The referee, AR and TMO can refer incidents for review for tries scored, and for foul play.

When a try is scored, the TMO can review play from the last restart but no further back than two ruck or maul phases.

Incidents for review must be CLEAR & OBVIOUS, eg knock-on, forward pass, player in touch, offside, obstruction, foul play, tackling a player with the ball or double movement.

Things that can't be reviewed are referee judgment decisions such as side entry at the breakdown, tackler/tackler assist offences and, hands in the ruck.

Once a try is awarded, it can't be reversed. The TMO can only seek a review immediately after the ball is grounded.

All recommendations for TMO review can only happen after a stoppage and the ref can now use the big screen when deciding on foul play (only).

Important Stuff


Points Tables

Check out the Conference and overall points tables.


Round Two Results

See the Official Results from Round Two.


Top Points Scorers

Track the Top New Zealand points and try scorers from Round Two.


Media Guide

Download SANZAR's 2013 Investec Super Rugby Media Guide.

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The youtube Harlem Shake craze hit Super Rugby with The Blues (notice the Sir in the mask?) and the Crusaders getting in on the action.  So, the always-competitive Highlanders  had to go one better.  Here's what happens when you have a Zoo behind your Highlanders Harlem Shake.

Highlanders Harlem Shake

Sir John Kirwan is calling on all Blues fans to get behind the team's first home game against the Crusaders at Eden Park this Friday.  With an estimated 30,000 heading the game, Sir JK  tells Firstline anchor and Crusaders fan Rachel Smalley where her loyalties should lie.

Sir John Kirwan

The defending champion Chiefs will be looking to tame the South African Cheetahs when they host their first home game on Saturday.  And they're hoping to entice fans with special Kidzone packs in the hope they drag along a parent or two.

Chiefs Fans

Coming up this weekend

Blues v Crusaders: Friday 1 March, Eden Park, Auckland


The Crusade begins: From 21 contests, the Blues have nine wins and the Crusaders have 12, while the Crusaders are a smudge ahead with points - 539 to the Blues' 473 (a pergame difference of 3.1 in the red and blacks favour). In 2012, the Crusaders were twice victors: 19-18 at Eden Park and 59-12 at AMI Stadium.


Reds v Hurricanes: Friday 1 March, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Cane they make it five: They didn't meet in 2012, but the last four contests between the Reds and the Hurricanes all saw the 'Canes emerge victorious part of the 11 'Canes wins (to the Reds' five). The Hurricanes have a healthy lead on points: 441 (27.6 per match) to 368 scored by the Reds (23 per game).


Compare the two teams  
Chiefs v Cheetahs: Saturday 2 March, Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
img6 Cheetahs with a spotty record:There have been six matches between these two teams, since the Cheetahs joined in 2006 and it's four wins to the Chiefs, with two draws (22-22 in 2007 and 25-25 in 2010). They didn't play in 2011 and last year the Chiefs were the victors in Bloemfontein 39-33.

Compare the two teams  
Bye: Highlanders

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