30 Apr 2009

Henry not happy with standard of referees

7:26 am on 30 April 2009

The All Blacks coach Graham Henry says the quality of this year's Super 14 has slipped and he's putting the blame on the referees.

He's particulary concerned about the way referees are controlling the scrum and breakdown areas.

Henry doesn't believe the Experimental Law Variations are to blame but rather a lack of consistency and quality from officials.

He some matches have become a lottery as they're being controlled by inexperienced referees. However Henry says matches officiated by those with international experience have tended to be good quality games.

He feels the top referees around the world probably need to have the one coach rather than be looked after in each country and he also believes assistant referees or linesmen should remain on the sidelines and not be in competition for the refereeing positions.