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    Default Re: Preventing tackled player from releasing the ball/tackled player not releasing

    Quote Originally Posted by shnipvanwinkel View Post
    [...] I was talking more about the situation where the arriving player was simulating not releasing to win a PK.
    If C&O that is indeed an offence. If not C&O, it deserves a stern word of "mandatory advice".
    He trudg’d along unknowing what he sought,
    And whistled as he went, for want of thought.
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    Default Re: Preventing tackled player from releasing the ball/tackled player not releasing

    Here's your problem:

    2018 Law 14 Tackle

    7. Tackled players must immediately:
    a. Make the ball available so that play can continue by releasing, passing or pushing the ball in any direction except forward. They may place the ball in any direction.
    b. Move away from the ball or get up.
    c. Ensure that they do not lie on, over or near the ball to prevent opposition players from gaining possession of it.

    Once the tackled player has placed the ball and the opponent has his hands on it the onus is on the tackled player to not interfere, not the poacher to get the ball over the tackled player.
    So a PK against the tackled player is appropriate. Yes, the poacher is milking for the PK but he is only able to do this because the tackled player got isolated, the poacher got there first and got his hands on the ball before the TPs teammates could drive him off.

    So who's playing the better rugby? And who is on the wrong side of the law?

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