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    Re: 5 worst ref decision

    Knock-on: When a player loses possession of the ball and it goes forward, or when a player hits the ball forward with the hand or arm, or when the ball hits the hand or arm and goes forward, and the...
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    [Law] Re: Jumping or Diving Clarification required

    I remember Gregan tackling Lomu by holding on to his lower leg. If the foot had hit Gregan's head, would it have been appropriate to consider foul play by Lomu?!
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    [Law] Re: Jumping or Diving Clarification required

    I think your view is inappropriately legalistic, and shows no empathy for the game.
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    [Law] Re: Jumping or Diving Clarification required

    If the tackle is preventing the ball carrier from reaching out to score, then forcing the tackler to release is demanding that he gives away a score - which seems inequitable.
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    [Law] Re: Jumping or Diving Clarification required

    That is my "Mexican Stand-off" situation. I recommend a quick whistle and a 5-metre attacking scrum.
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    [Law] Re: Jumping or Diving Clarification required

    The basic actions of hurdling a tackler and diving for the line are different. The former raises a distinct likelihood of boot meeting head when they are travelling in different directions. The...
  7. Thread: Danny Care Try

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    [In-goal] Re: Danny Care Try

    14.1 A tackle can take place anywhere in the field of play.
    "Field of play" should obviously be "playing area" (see Definitions). We have all seen tackles take place in in-goal - how else to stop...
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    Re: Bath Vs Wasps 8.1.21

    (Times report)
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    [Law] Re: What's your worst nightmare?

    There's an (apocryphal?) story about a referee who awarded a PK, and when the captain started to complain, he marched them back 10m. And again. And again. At which point the other captain said...
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    Re: Bath Vs Wasps 8.1.21

    Agreed.
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    Re: Bath Vs Wasps 8.1.21

    I am not sure it had that imprimatur, but it was certainly what I advised. However I did not insist if the ref made things clear anyway.
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    [Law] Re: What's your worst nightmare?

    I turned up at a club for a 2nd XV game, only to be informed that they did not have a second pitch so they used a local council pitch. "It's easy to find - it's right behind the Primary School." I...
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    [Tackle] Re: missed something since lockdown

    Well said, didds.
  14. Thread: Greetings

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    Re: Greetings

    Ditto. (both)
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    Re: 5 worst ref decision

    I have previously disputed #3 on this site. Traille was being tackled as he passed the ball and was falling forward. I produced a still that shows his outstretched hand is in front of the ball just...
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    Re: Where are you this weekend 20/21?

    If you're a bridge player, you might have noticed that Joe Biden has bid and made a very tricky "NO TRUMP" contract.
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    Re: Disgraceful disciplinary decision

    "Contrary to good sportsmanship" is a catch-all provision and can therefore cover a wide range of actions. Some will be really serious (but not covered elsewhere), some trivial.
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    Re: Where are you this weekend 20/21?

    Having just received my first vaccination, I have decided to stay at home. Again.
    (There is no local rugby anyway ...).
  19. Re: Nigel Owens - Diolch yn fawr iawn (Thank you very much)

    What did he do if any player "quipped" back at him?
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    [Law] Re: Pushing a ball carrier

    If it's not forbidden, then it must be allowed (note the catch-all in 9.11)
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    Re: Steve Thompson et al

    There is a legal precept "Volenti non fit injuria", which basically says "if you accepted the normal risk of doing something, you cannot blame anybody else if you get hurt". The applicability in...
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    Re: Biggar Taken in Air?

    ... but impracticable.
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    Re: Biggar Taken in Air?

    Marginal knock-on? Marginal offside? etc.
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    Re: Biggar Taken in Air?

    Perhaps it should be agreed that if A is waiting to catch the ball, and B jumps to try and get there first, B is at fault if he lands on A. All B can do is flatten A as he makes the catch.
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    Re: When is advantage over

    My guideline has always been that if a kick is taken under advantage that was clearly voluntary, then the kicker lives with the outcome. Advantage is not just a free shot where you can come back if...
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