25 Feb 2010

Deans backs Super Rugby refs

6:38 am on 25 February 2010

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans says referees have got the interpretation of rugby's contentious breakdown area very close to perfection in the early rounds of the Super 14 tournament and he hopes the northern hemisphere nations will follow their lead.

The former Crusaders boss labelled it as probably the most positive start to a Super Rugby competition he can recall, with 50 tries scored in the second round alone, despite a number of teams still conceding a high number of penalties.

Deans says southern hemisphere referees who've been appointed to officiate in the next set of Six Nations matches have been instructed to referee the same way that they are here.

The northern and southern hemispheres have rarely seen eye-to-eye on laws, with the former showing scant respect for ELVs trialled over recent years.

But Deans is adamant the current interpretations have struck the right balance between offence and attack despite the sudden surge in try scoring, highlighted by an incredible 18 five-pointers in last week's Super clash between the Chiefs and Lions.