Is it just me or has the standard of refereeing in the ML been absolutly appaling this season? I dont know if weve just been unlucky, but I can think of 2 decent refs who have come to Firhill this season, some who are alright and some whom I wouldnt trust with a schools game. Take fridays game for example (Glasgow v Scarlets) - I know few people here will have seen it, but there were several incidents where Glasgow players kicked ahead and gave chase only to be taken out off the ball. Now im no expert on the rules, but that is illegal and punishable by a yellow (or Red in extreme cases) and if the ref deems that a try would have been scored, a penalty try. Now with the score at 0-3, Parks hit ahead from inside the Scarlets 22, and would have scored had 2 opposing players not come together to block his path. penalty try? definatly! should one or both walk? if the ref can tell which one is at fault then yes! and Wilkinsons decision? play on! Fast forward 30 minutes or so, and just before HT the Warriors are leading 13-6, but are under a lot of pressure - until Thom Evans makes a break and kicks ahead and looks favourite to gather his own kick until bam! a Scarlets player runs straight into him, making him tumble to the ground! Now not only is that cynical foul play (a red card with no discretion is it not?) but it is downright dangerous given the speed at which the players collided. Wilkinsons decision? HT! Then into the second half, and the Warriors have been piling on the pressure, and the Scarlets keep giving away penalties 5 metres out (including infringments at the scrum) but Wilkinson keeps giving them another chance. and then when the Warriors do get a penalty they tap it and are tackled instantly (again, should be a penalty try? certainly given the fact they did it twice!) but Wilkinson turns a blind eye! OK, fridays was the worst performance this season, but James Jones had a few howlers at the begining - including the 11-11 draw with Munster. with Glasgow having just scored a try, and looking very dangerous, Thom Evans is released down the wing to score in the far corner, but Jones (and his linesman) decide he had a foot in touch. This game was televised, and so Jones had the option of sending the decision upstairs - so surley to disallow the try he must have CLEARLY seen Thom's foot in touch. The TV replays clearly show this isnt the case, and so surley questions must be asked of his ability to referee a game? (This decision came at a crucial time in a game that, if given correctly, could have changed the shape of our entire season!) Oh, and dont even get me started on Mr Changleng! And the other thing that amases me is Touch Judges not raising the referees attention to blatant fouls (a game this season where a player was tackled high and off the ball right infront of the linesman springs to mind, amongst the various offside decisions missed) OK, rant over (for now) but on a serious note: Who polices referees decisions? To go back to the example from Glasgow v Munster, on that occassion the decision undoubtedly affected the outcome of the game, and in the modern game coaches and players live by the decisions they make! If a coach keeps making wrong calls, he will pay ultimatly with his job (Ashton, O'Sullivan to name 2 recent victims) and if a player isnt up to scratch he will be dropped (Wilkinsons name has to be mentioned here). So why is it that when referees make calls that could, potentially, put a coach's job on the line, can he just run away and not be held accountable?