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Law 19.7(b) says: The throw-in at the lineout must be taken without delay and without pretending to throw.
While we have discussed the concept of "delay" at scrums and in-goal, what do learned members take "delay" to mean at the lineout?
Is a team doing all of their fancy moves after the lineout has formed but before ball is thrown constitute "delay"? If not, why not?
I would imagine without delay is standing there for 5+ seconds waiting for the call.
Forming the lineout and making the call and then all their dance moves is all good IMO.
Delay is when I get sick of waiting.
Chat with Hooker at down time as well.
Next time FK.
I think I have only once had to speak to an oppo trying to drown out line out calls with "encouragement" to his team. I noticed Craig Joubert had to do it in a Lions v Cheetahs game a few weeks ago.
Lineout formed (no being just techniacl about it - so properly formed not just 2+2) hooker in possesion and all ready I would give him about 3 seconds before a call of "get on with it" and then Ping him after a further 2 seconds or so.
The lines can be doing all the dancing they want in hat interval, we don't have to wait for them to finish doing that.
I am looking at 3-5 seconds after line has formed for real and hooker has ball.
Once it cocked behind his head I am down to 1-2 seconds max.
First time a warning, then we are into "pings".
IMHO getting in the ball in without delay is a key element of successful management of line-outs.
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