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    [Law] Re: Penalties and keeping track of them

    TBH, that sounds like players seeing what they can get away with.

    I used to deliberately look for things to penalise at the first few breakdowns and would probably give four or five penalties at...
  2. [Ruck] Re: Should the ladder/caterpiller ruck be outlawed?

    It seems to me to be an unintended consequence of the TWOL - no opposition players to push the back foot back, so the can stand that much closer. I don't see much of a problem with it, though - if a...
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    [In-goal] Re: No touch down after missed PK

    Don't think so - I didn't hear anyone shout and there were about 100 spectators. Blue won by 10.
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    [In-goal] No touch down after missed PK

    Watching a game on Saturday afternoon, an interesting thing happened:

    Blue kick at goal and miss. White fullback catches the ball in in goal and, without minoring it, throws it forwards for the...
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    Re: Conflicts of interest

    Just make sure nobody takes a photo ;)
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    [RWC] Re: Knock on inside a maul

    Nope, personally (after close ups and slow motion) I didn't think there was a knock on, but did think the ball might have been transferred to a player in front of the BC.
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    [RWC] Re: How are the RWC refs doing so far ?

    Well they certainly saw it, so no! But if he'd had the ball it would have surely been a penalty. But with his own 'contribution' to the situation, I guess they saw it as an incident. Bit of an...
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    [RWC] Re: Knock on inside a maul

    FWIW, I thought NO's explanation made it pretty clear that it wasn't a knock on, specifying that it was played by the player in front and that if he'd been behind it would have been fine. Then he...
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    Re: Consult the captain?

    In the 27th minute, I think a chat with the captain is always going to be necessary. There's a lot of game left to manage!
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    [RWC] Re: How are the RWC refs doing so far ?

    Nor Barnes. Maybe it should be refereed by Owens!
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    [INTERNATIONAL] Re: Guirado's disallowed try

    My understanding (though admittedly I didn't always referee it this way) is that a kick under no pressure, regardless of the outcome, was considered tactical advantage as the team had the opportunity...
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    [RWC] Re: How are the RWC refs doing so far ?

    Really surprised Skeen didn't flag it up, given his penchant for sticking his oar in! But I thought Koroibete running a line ahead of the ball carrier before the pass was kind of a giveaway ;)
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    [INTERNATIONAL] Guirado's disallowed try

    A not-so-commented on incident in the Wales-France game: the French hooker's disallowed try after a stupid pass from his opposite number - called back for no advantage.

    This has had me thinking:...
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    [RWC] Re: How are the RWC refs doing so far ?

    There's a fair bit of politics to go around, unfortunately! They don't like appointing a referee to the final if they've already done one of the semis and don't like appointing the same referee to...
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    Re: So, about this framework then...

    For my money, it's not working and is going to be slow to work for two reasons:

    1) it's a deterrent against something that nobody's trying to do in the first place (since it's been a penalty since...
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    Re: RWC 2019 cancellations

    boat race!
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    Re: RWC Wales v Fiji penalty try

    TBH I'd not noticed this in the 2018 laws.

    I'm sure in 2017 it was only cynical offences that mandated a YC - to avoid things like Canada's front row just not being able to take the pressure.
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  18. [In-goal] Re: Defender passes ball into own in-goal. Ball kicked dead by attacker.

    Well bugger me with a pitchfork! That's a pretty big omission!
  19. [In-goal] Re: Defender passes ball into own in-goal. Ball kicked dead by attacker.

    Definite scrum 5. How the ball was made dead doesn't matter, only who put it into in goal.
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    Re: Pro 14 Ref chief speaks to Wales on line

    To be honest I think overall standards are the problem and pointing to nationalities, and trying to get 'neutral' refs is a distraction that won't help the problem - and as Shelflife says, could even...
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    Know the tournament laws

    An interesting incident here. Neither the referee or the players knowing what would happen in the event of a draw!
    So make sure you know the rules of the competition you're reffing.

    Could have...
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    Re: Welsh cup semi final - fend with the forearm

    Because them's the rules! The BC is allowed to make contact with a would be tackler above the shoulder and can lead with the shoulder and we wouldn't blink at it.
    But I do see a point with the...
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    Re: NO on forward pasess

    And I fully expect that if there are any such instances the BC will throw the ball in the direction he’s running - in a way that would be an obvious forward pass if he were running in the opposite...
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    Re: NO on forward pasess

    This would necessitate him throwing the ball forward.

    Were it a short pass you might get away with it, but the ball is always going to travel forward relative to the thrower.
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    Re: NO on forward pasess

    Only if carrying a coconut!

    Edit: oops - missed the 'unladen'
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