Once a play has been reviewed by the Command Centre, there are two possible outcomes:
The ruling on the field stands. This occurs when there is sufficient evidence to support the original ruling on the field or there is no indisputable evidence to overturn the ruling made on the field.
The ruling on the field is changed. This occurs when the Replay Official has indisputable visual evidence that the ruling should be changed.
The Replay Official will correct the game clock to what the clock should read based on the outcome of the challenge.
Prior to the 3 minute warning of each half, the clock will start on the Referee’s ready for play signal, with a full 20 second clock.
After the 3 minutes warning of each half, the 3 minute timing rules will apply. The clock will start at the prescribed time depending on how the previous play ended taking into account the final outcome of the play after the review.
NOTE - Standard Reviewable Rulings
The following are examples of rulings which are reviewable under this category
Scoring as defined in Rule 3
Touching of the Ball that is Not in Possession of a Player
Boundary Line Rulings
The Standard Reviewable Rulings identified above with an asterisk (*) may result in a penalty being found and applied which was not called on the field during play, or one that was called being nullified.
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