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    [6N] Re: Eddie takes a pop at Nigel

    In the RWC he only scored 25% (1 of 4, having refereed Japan v Russia in the opening game).

    In statistics it is vital to understand your data, so in this case, what was the pre-match expectation...
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    [Law] Re: Knock on into the dead ball area.

    I agree.

    My worry is that some eager tyro might be misled.
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    [Law] Re: Knock on into the dead ball area.

    NO!!!
    I am trying make rugby sense of the laws, and I have a very good historical precedent from the 2016 Laws12.1 THE OUTCOME OF A KNOCK-ON OR THROW FORWARD
    (a) Unintentional knock-on or throw...
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    [Law] Re: Knock on into the dead ball area.

    The player had not gained any advantage before making the ball dead.

    Why are people so keen to find a legalistic argument to get round the normal natural decision of awarding a scrum for a...
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    [Law] Re: Knock on into the dead ball area.

    Thereby killing off the possibility of gaining a genuine advantage.
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    [Law] Re: Knock on into the dead ball area.

    At the moment you shout advantage over, Blue has not in fact gained any advantageA mere opportunity to gain an advantage is not sufficient
    You should therefore go back for the defending side 5 metre...
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    [Law] Re: Deliberate knock forward

    Heading the ball is legal (as long as the ball was not thrown forward first!)

    I was playing in a game many years ago against a team from an open prison, who had drafted in some soccer players to...
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    [Law] Re: Deliberate knock forward

    The theoretical argument is that the player has insufficient time to react to the actual trajectory of the kick.
    The practical argument is that ruling it an intentional knock forward would make a...
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    [Law] Re: Knock on into the dead ball area.

    You choose to ignore the fact that there was an infringement, for which the sanction is a scrum.
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    [Law] Re: Deliberate knock forward

    11.3 A player must not intentionally knock the ball forward with hand or arm. Sanction: Penalty.

    11.4 It is not an intentional knock-on if, in the act of trying to catch the ball, the player...
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    [Law] Re: Knock on into the dead ball area.

    It is a fallacy to think that forensic argument over the wording of various laws can answer all problems. It can't for the simple reason that the "Laws" are not written to the necessary legalistic...
  12. Thread: Offside at scrum

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    [Law] Re: Offside at scrum

    Any scrum half who tries to be that "clever" deserves to be deprived of his rights.

    Lineout law specifies that a receiver should be 2m from his lineout colleagues and the sanction is a Free Kick. ...
  13. Thread: Offside at scrum

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    [Law] Re: Offside at scrum

    I disagree. If he retires to the 5m offside line he loses any scrum half rights.
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    [Law] Re: Place of Conversion kick

    My point is that we do not keep to the strict letter of the law.

    I think swapping a more difficult angle for a better footing makes sense.
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    [Law] Re: Knock on into the dead ball area.

    7.3 Advantage must not be applied and the referee must blow the whistle immediately when:


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    f. The ball is made dead.
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    [Law] Re: Place of Conversion kick

    We allow scrums to be moved away from unsafe mud patches, puddles etc.
  17. Thread: Offside at scrum

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    [Law] Re: Offside at scrum

    The scrum half can stay at the hindmost foot under b, but if he moves back to the 5m offside line he can not move forward until the scrum has ended.
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    [Law] Re: Knock on into the dead ball area.

    Oh no!!! Not again!!!PRINCIPLE
    If a team gains an advantage following an infringement by their opponents, the referee may allow play to continue in an effort to keep the game flowing.

    By making...
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    [Law] Re: Hand Off or Fend to the face/head/neck

    That would make it near impossible to fend anybody coming to tackle low.
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    [Golden Oldies] Re: Reports on Referee post-game on WhosTheRef

    Most referees like to unwind after the game before getting involved in any discussions. We expect our referees to be left alone until after they have changed and joined the crowd. On one occasion I...
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    [Golden Oldies] Re: Reports on Referee post-game on WhosTheRef

    In my area the lowest level league in the Women's game is Level 10. Giving you a L8 game for your second match seems very unfair.

    My society tries to appoint a mentor to your first few games. ...
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    [Law] Re: Referees using player's names

    Llanrhywbethneu'igilydd ?
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    [Law] Re: Uncontested lineout drive/ maul - penalty?

    It would be nice to have a definition of "leaving the lineout". Does half a step count, or are you just moving within the lineout?
  24. [Assistant Referees] Re: Pushed by player - my fault for being in field of play?

    I presume this meant talking to the referee. If so, he had effectively appointed you by accepting your offer. That doesn't give you any extra powers, but it does ratify your position as an...
  25. [Assistant Referees] Re: Pushed by player - my fault for being in field of play?

    He doesn't.
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