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    Default New tactics being deployed from new law changes

    I enjoy listening to the Rugby Dungeon podcast and a recent episode with Glasgow coach, Kenny Murray was interesting when he talked about the new tactics they were hoping to exploit this season.
    I hadn't seen it coming so.thought it worth tipping off fellow refs on here.
    Now (2017), a ruck is formed immediately upon the arrival of the first player over the ball
    This also established the 2 offside lines across the pitch. So, one tactic is to use a high kick-chase and get 2 players there quickly enough to get a ruck formed. This will, then put the retiring defenders offside and any attempt to tackle any ball received from that ruck will result in a penalty and an easy 3 points. Well, that's the theory anyway.
    Are there any other new tactics we should be wary of ?

    Thanks, in advance.

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    Default Re: New tactics being deployed from new law changes

    there still has to be a tackle for the new ruck law. But yes - if the kickers can get a tackler and a jackler (or tackle/jackle and passer/sniper) to the defender that catches it, quickly, then the ruck off side is formed as described.

    but (law 11.8) any retiring defenders can be put onside by the attackers once one of them has run 5m or kicked. passing doesn't put them onside though - so a team that can carry only 4m per person before passing each time is in a strong position ;-)

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    Default Re: New tactics being deployed from new law changes

    Sounds OK in theory, but in the real world, I can't see it working, at least not any differently to how it works now. In the scenario he described, as didds points out, there has to be a tackle first, so if the catcher is brought to ground very quickly (easy to say not so easy to do) and the ruck-formers get there immediately, then the ruck might form half a second quicker than normal. Otherwise, it will be no different from before.

    Another thing worth considering is, while the new law applies after a tackle, what happens when a ball carrier goes to ground without being tackled (Law 14). Will one player over the ball-carrier on the ground form a ruck, or will it still require two? If the latter, then when a team is faced with an opponent that executes the proposed scenario well, the catcher just drops straight to the ground.... Law 14 applies, no ruck, no offside line, and the jackler can get cleaned out from any direction.

    Alternatively, they could try to defuse the scenario by jumping to catch the ball but actually bat or throw the ball to a team-mate while still in the air (as they do in a line-out). This means the two chasers (who will not be challenging in the air if their intention is to form a ruck quickly) will be fully committed to the catcher, and therefore not in a position to tackle the eventual receiver.
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    Default Re: New tactics being deployed from new law changes

    Ian Cook: while the new law applies after a tackle, what happens when a ball carrier goes to ground without being tackled (Law 14). Will one player over the ball-carrier on the ground form a ruck, or will it still require two?


    My understanding is that the new "one-man ruck" law only applies immediately after a tackle and therefore old laws apply in open play so a player can approach from any direction to jackle for the ball and a defender can approach from any direction to clear out the jackler... i.e. as was.
    Please correct me if I am wrong.
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    Default Re: New tactics being deployed from new law changes

    I have been approached by a coach from my local club who wanted to discuss the new scrum laws, in particular the position of the SH and the need for a front row player to strike for the ball. His belief is that a referee standing on the same side as the SH will not be able to see whether the ball is put in perfectly straight as it will be in line with the LHP's outer foot and so long as one foot moves the ref will not be able to discern whether a strike was credible. His thinking was to get the LHP to move a foot slightly as part of the initial drive forward. The other option is for hooker to move his left foot forward slightly with ball passing behind it, whilst still in a good driving positon (as no need to twist in the strike as in days of yore) and continue with the 8 man shove.

    I do think that the position of the SH in line with the attacking front row will make it more difficult for the ref to see exactly what is going on. This may also obstruct the view of defending THP's bind as will be obscured by the SH.
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    Default Re: New tactics being deployed from new law changes

    Quote Originally Posted by Jolly Roger View Post

    My understanding is that the new "one-man ruck" law only applies immediately after a tackle and therefore old laws apply in open play so a player can approach from any direction to jackle for the ball and a defender can approach from any direction to clear out the jackler... i.e. as was.
    Please correct me if I am wrong.
    Law 16: Amended Ruck Law
    A ruck commences when at least one player is on their feet and over the ball which is on the ground (tackled player, tackler). At this point the offside line is created. A player on their feet may use their hands to pick up the ball as long as this is immediate. As soon as an opposition player arrives no hands can be used.

    The reference to the tackle is almost an afterthought, as though all such occasions involve a tackle. There is an amendment to the Tackle law.
    Amended Tackle 15.4 (c)
    The tackler must get up before playing the ball and then can only play from their side of the tackle gate.


    The point about falling on the ball is not properly covered. There is no amendment to Law 14.
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    Default Re: New tactics being deployed from new law changes

    Quote Originally Posted by Jolly Roger View Post

    My understanding is that the new "one-man ruck" law only applies immediately after a tackle and therefore old laws apply in open play so a player can approach from any direction to jackle for the ball and a defender can approach from any direction to clear out the jackler... i.e. as was.
    Please correct me if I am wrong.
    You are wrong

    For quite some while now (ie years) at a tackle jacklers and supporters etc could ONLY approach the ball from their side of the tackle and "through the gate". This has not changed so any jackler still has to approach the ball "through the gate". [1]

    Until these latest changes the one exception was [1] the tackler who could once he had regained his feet then approach the ball from any direction - this allowance has been removed in these new laws.

    So summarising

    - tackle
    - any subsequent players including the tackler (and/or I suppose the tackled player!) has to approach the ball "through the gate".
    - once one player is over the ball it is now a ruck and ruck offside lines appear.

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    Default Re: New tactics being deployed from new law changes

    Quote Originally Posted by Jolly Roger View Post
    His thinking was to get the LHP to move a foot slightly as part of the initial drive forward.
    That might depend on the oppo TH's pressure though?

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    Default Re: New tactics being deployed from new law changes

    I think you will have the same brigade of people on side lines , shouting out and quoting new rules to refs
    ( even though some of them didnt educate them selves to learn old rules )
    But mainly i think the players will play same as before & generally a lazy runner in old rules ,,unless he got fitter or faster ,, will still be a lazy runer with new rules ..
    So if the lazy runner before was giving away penaltiex at rucks , he / she will still give away penalties in new rules .
    And if his team mates cant beat the rules into consistent offender .
    Then there is not much chance of him / her stop offending .

    I really dont see the game being played any different .
    I dont think players will now not compete for ball any more or less at rucks / tackles , because the ruck is created quicker . ( you were no good to your team mate if you are in front of ball in old rules also )
    I dont think team mates will be caught out any more or less in an off side position & interfeering with play .
    And i would be very surprised to see the game offering more or less penalties to any side , becausr a ruck is now by law created quicker
    ( it will stop the italian job & thats all it needs to do )

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    Default Re: New tactics being deployed from new law changes

    Quote Originally Posted by OB.. View Post
    Law 16: Amended Ruck Law
    A ruck commences when at least one player is on their feet and over the ball which is on the ground (tackled player, tackler). At this point the offside line is created. A player on their feet may use their hands to pick up the ball as long as this is immediate. As soon as an opposition player arrives no hands can be used.

    The reference to the tackle is almost an afterthought, as though all such occasions involve a tackle. There is an amendment to the Tackle law.
    Amended Tackle 15.4 (c)
    The tackler must get up before playing the ball and then can only play from their side of the tackle gate.


    The point about falling on the ball is not properly covered. There is no amendment to Law 14.
    So the new law, discussing the commencement of a ruck, presumably replaces and overrules Law 16.1(b) for the purposes of these trials?

    16.1 Forming a ruck
    (a) Where can a ruck take place. A ruck can take place only in the field of play.
    (b) How can a ruck form. Players are on their feet. At least one player must be in physical contact with an opponent. The ball must be on the ground. If the ball is off the ground for any reason, the ruck is not formed.


    World Rugby never seem to learn that they need to get the wording right. If the (rather odd) inclusion of the words "(tackled player, tackler)" mean anything at all, it presumably means that a ruck can only take place after a tackle. A moment's thought leads one to conclude this is daft, as otherwise a melee around a ball dropped backwards is not covered by the LoTG. So the words can only mean nothing - so why do the dolts at WR insist on adding them?
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