In this month’s issue we take a look at the positives from the SCC 7’s and Saints 7’s tournaments. Also in this edition, a recap of the efforts made by the SSRUR and SRU to improve the relationship between clubs and referees, ahead of the National League competition, which got underway this month.
SCC 7’s and Saints 7’s Round up
Another top class performance by the Referee team at this year’s SCC 7’s held at the Padang at the beginning of the month. The tournament has continued to showcase some of the highest quality of sevens rugby in Asia with teams from no less than 3 continents taking part. With such high quality rugby on show, the event has become a stepping stone for many of our local referees in progressing to the annual HSBC World Series event in Singapore. There were quite a few new faces at this year’s tournament, with many gaining valuable exposure to high quality rugby for their first time. Congratulations to all of those involved in putting together a successful event.
Following on from one of the biggest club sevens tournaments in Asia, the following week, local school boys had their opportunity to showcase the highest level of schools rugby in Singapore at this years Saints 7’s. SSRUR not only provided the referees for the tournament, but also a number of the Junior Referee Panel were used as Assistant Referees. The Junior Referee Panel, with 15 members all under the age of 18, has been a relatively new addition to the Society, and have helped to highlight the importance of developing the next generation of Match Officials. The Saints 7’s provided a fantastic opportunity for these members to work together and improve their skills on the field.
2017-2018 National League
At the pre-season camp, the referees met to discuss their priorities for the year ahead and highlighted the following as areas to be improved on:
- Improvements in the relationship between clubs and referees
- A willingness to improve our performance on the field
- A professional approach to the League Competition
SSRUR, with support from SRU put in place a strategy to be fully prepared for the competition which got underway last weekend. Over the course of November, the referees attended a number of training clinics, particularly looking at; Key Focus Areas for the League; The role of the Assistant Referee; Understanding the scrum; and Management around the tackle/ruck area. These sessions gave referees an opportunity to develop their understanding of the game in a practical setting.
A massive thank you to Oldham RFC and Bedok Skyllas WRFC for hosting the referees at their training sessions, and for their support in working together with SSRUR to improve each other’s understanding of the game.
Additionally, Singapore Rugby held a referee briefing for all clubs taking part in the League. Unfortunately this session was not well attended, however a video of the content was sent out to all clubs to ensure all are aware of referee priorities for the season ahead. A copy of this video can be viewed by clicking here.
And in other news…
Congratulations to the following referees who will be travelling overseas in the coming weeks.
HSBC World Series 7s Dubai- Charlie Brown (Assistant Referee)
Dubai 7s Invitational Tournament- Just Wang & Mat Jones (Referees), George Danapal (CMO)
Asia Rugby U17 Girls 7s- Abdul Hannan (Referee)
Asia Rugby U19 Division 1- Chris Galea (CMO)
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