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    Default Mark awarded, player permitted to pass rather than kick

    In the Stormers vs Crusaders match on the weekend, Stormers kick the ball into Crusaders’ 22, where it is caught less than 5m from the sideline, mark called, referee awards mark with whistle and calls “back ten”, at which point the marking player from Crusaders throws the ball to his team mate who is in a better position to kick (and who proceeds to kick it out poorly). [See link below to see video]

    The referee was right on the spot when it happened. No players appeared to dispute this. The commentators say nothing.

    Is anyone aware of a law that would allow this?

    https://youtu.be/lweIr7KOiYQ

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    Default Re: Mark awarded, player permitted to pass rather than kick

    No
    It is an incorrectly taken free-kick.
    I might have asked the TMO to take a second look at the tackle on the kicker.

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    Bizarre.

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    not my favourite referee
    I, for one, like Roman numerals

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    Default Re: Mark awarded, player permitted to pass rather than kick

    Quote Originally Posted by Camquin View Post
    I might have asked the TMO to take a second look at the tackle on the kicker.
    I was thinking about that - it may be a tiny bit late, but I’d let that pass. The tackler was two metres offside, though!

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    Default Re: Mark awarded, player permitted to pass rather than kick

    Here is a different opinion.

    Maybe the ref is seeing double. Are 11 white (marker) and 15 white (touch kicker) brothers? The porn star mustaches could have confused ref.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dickie E View Post
    not my favourite referee
    Is it Nic Berry?

    I always thinks he spends too much time shaving his legs.

    Bit less razor, bit more law book methinks.
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    Default Re: Mark awarded, player permitted to pass rather than kick

    It's a brain fart.
    Or possibly he looked away at the key moment and just assumed he had tapped it first

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    It is a cock up by both the referee and the AR.

    Surprised that none of players protested this.
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    Default Re: Mark awarded, player permitted to pass rather than kick

    Quote Originally Posted by Travellingdeon View Post
    ... Is anyone aware of a law that would allow this?
    Provided the player claiming the Mark kicks the ball first (must leave the mark or kicked out of his own hands) he doesn't HAVE to kick for touch and can pass it back to a teammate if he wants. The important thing is that he kicks the ball first and he can't just pass it (like this one did) or tap his foot with the ball.

    Quote Originally Posted by crossref View Post
    It's a brain fart. Or possibly he looked away at the key moment and just assumed he had tapped it first
    Personally, I'd go with the he "assumed he had tapped the ball first". Easily done if you check something else or a player runs in front of you when you think the ball has been kicked. I'm surprised nobody picked up on it though.

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