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    Lightbulb World Rugby announces law amendment relating to scoring against the post protector

    The amended law will now read: The post protector is no longer an extension of the goal-line and therefore
    Law 8.2 (a) will read:
    A try is scored when the attacking player is first to ground the ball in the opponents’ in-goal.

    By stipulating that an attacking team can no longer score against the post protector and therefore must ground the ball in-goal, this gives defending teams a fair chance of preventing a try from being scored
    Source: WR News
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    World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: “World Rugby’s mission is to make the game as simple, safe and enjoyable to play as possible. This law amendment reflects that mission.

    “By stipulating that an attacking team can no longer score against the post protector and therefore must ground the ball in-goal, this gives defending teams a fair chance of preventing a try from being scored.”
    this gives defending teams a fair chance of preventing a try from being scored

    I guess the previous 100 yd was sufficient area to prevent a try

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    Default Re: World Rugby announces law amendment relating to scoring against the post protecto

    Quote Originally Posted by L'irlandais View Post
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    By stipulating that an attacking team can no longer score against the post protector and therefore must ground the ball in-goal, this gives defending teams a fair chance of preventing a try from being scored
    Now, can a defending touchdown a ball against the post protector?, that is a ball that is not actually in goal?


    This is kinda "shoulda leave well enough alone" scenario, isnt it?
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    Default Re: World Rugby announces law amendment relating to scoring against the post protecto

    Not really surprising given a) the fatness of modern-day post protectors vs when the law was first written and b) this season’s antics of several defending teams lifting them up or ripping them off to deny the option of grounding the ball against them.

    A bit of a shame, as I quite liked this little quirk of law. But like I say, I’m in no way surprised.

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    Default Re: World Rugby announces law amendment relating to scoring against the post protecto

    Quote Originally Posted by Not Kurt Weaver View Post
    Now, can a defending touchdown a ball against the post protector?, that is a ball that is not actually in goal?


    This is kinda "shoulda leave well enough alone" scenario, isnt it?
    You've not thought that through, or you've expressed it badly.

    If the defenders ground the ball against the post pad in-goal, it will be grounded by virtue of the fact that it has been touched to the ground in goal.
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    Default Re: World Rugby announces law amendment relating to scoring against the post protecto

    Quote Originally Posted by SimonSmith View Post
    You've not thought that through, or you've expressed it badly.

    If the defenders ground the ball against the post pad in-goal, it will be grounded by virtue of the fact that it has been touched to the ground in goal.
    good point, I meant can it be touched to the pad at the base essentially on field of play by defenders. The same spot where attackers could in the past score a try.

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    Default Re: World Rugby announces law amendment relating to scoring against the post protecto

    Quote Originally Posted by Not Kurt Weaver View Post
    good point, I meant can it be touched to the pad at the base essentially on field of play by defenders. The same spot where attackers could in the past score a try.
    Given the base of the post protector is not as defined as in-goal and there was a specific law stipulating that this was a method of scoring, a defender grounding the ball against the post protector would result in the ball still being in play.

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    Default Re: World Rugby announces law amendment relating to scoring against the post protecto

    IMO - about bloody time. A quirk in the laws which caused more problems than it solved. In every other part of the field the line is the mark at which playing conditions change and keeping this consistent reduces complexity - reducing unnecessary complexity in the game should be encouraged.

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    Default Re: World Rugby announces law amendment relating to scoring against the post protecto

    I don't understand why we don't ever see American style tuning fork posts.

    I certainly wouldn't start making people convert (too expensive, not priority) , but you might think that as and when stadiums get upgrades and/or new posts put in, tuning forks should be labelled best practice, and would come in gradually

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    Default Re: World Rugby announces law amendment relating to scoring against the post protecto

    This move is one of those "about bl@@dy time" changes. Should have been done years ago.

    It goes to "Equity" as the defenders now have a legal way of stopping a try being scored. Let's all face the truth that there was no legitimate way to stop an attacking player scoring against the base of the post.
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