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  1. Re: Wales vs Eng - Knock on and Time back on after asking captain to speak to players

    A significant problem occurs when a player is tackled after releasing the ball but just before he actually kicks it. The would-be kicker usually gets sanctioned, so your counter fails..
  2. Re: Wales vs Eng - Knock on and Time back on after asking captain to speak to players

    In today's Times, Rob Debney agrees with Nigel Owens that the two tries in question should have been disallowed.
  3. Re: Wales vs Eng - Knock on and Time back on after asking captain to speak to players

    I have often pointed this out as a flaw in the laws.



    A deliberate throw forward is just as much a PK offence as a deliberate knock on.
  4. [Law] Re: Discussion with other sports re officiating/laws

    He said something about clever management but a misuse of yellow cards.
  5. Re: Wales vs Eng - Knock on and Time back on after asking captain to speak to players

    The look on Rees-Zammit's face said it all. He "knew" he had knocked on and couldn't believe his luck when the referee allowed the try.
  6. [Law] Re: Discussion with other sports re officiating/laws

    Some years ago I attended a seminar hosted by Chris White that included soccer referees. One female soccer ref, (by then refereeing at national league level) remembered her first league game. She...
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    Re: 5 worst ref decision

    https://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-news/its-100-per-cent-knock-19932005

    Nigel Owens gives his view: neither try should have been allowed.
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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...
  14. 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.
  21. 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 ...).
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