Sunday, 11 August 2019

Jumping into contact

Hey Rugby Ref
I'm a newly qualified ref in 2019.
I am watching the SA v Argentina game on Saturday 10 Aug evening, in the first few mins an SA player jumps into contact, refere Poite awards a penalty to SA for Argentina player tackling player in the air.  Why wasn't the SA player penalised for dangerous play...
Why was their no offence for jumping into contact, as this seems open to abuse to draw a penalty,  if a player is about to be tackled he/she can jump or lift feet off the ground.
Interested to hear your thoughts.
Cheers
Rob

Hi Rob
Good question.The law does say that you cannot tackle a player who is off the ground.
Law 917. A player must not tackle, charge, pull, push or grasp an opponent whose feet are off the ground.
However we have to consider that a player running with the ball has his feet off the ground most of the time.  In addition a player should not be able to avoid a tackle by jumping at the last moment so that he cannot be tackled.

The general principle that most referees apply is that if a player as to jump to intercept a catch or a kicked ball, he should be allowed to return to the ground before being tackled.  This is a simple safety issue.

There is no specific offence of jumping into a tackle (maybe there should be), but there is a catch all offence of reckless play that puts the player or other players into danger.
Law 911. Players must not do anything that is reckless or dangerous to others.
 If a player jumps into a tackle and leads with his boot or knee, that would be dangerous.

At the end of the day its a judgement call and sometimes referees will get it wrong.

Thanks for the question
The Rugby Ref

Scrum put in...

Why do referees allow scrum halves to put the ball into their own  second rows now
when the law says he has to put the ball in straight.
You can even see from the angle the scrum half stands at that this is exactly what he is
going to do.
If referees are not going to enforce the law what is the point of having a scrum when
you could just have a play the ball as in rugby league?
Regards,
Don.   
Hi Don

Most referees would agree with you on this.  Most referees officiate at grass roots rugby where the straight put in is enforced.  Don't confuse TV showbiz rugby with proper rugby as played every Saturday and Sunday by thousands of players.  TV rugby is under pressure to keep the game going and minimise stoppages. 

The Rugby Ref

Monday, 29 July 2019

Position of thrower's feet at a lineout

In the 2017 laws, the only requirement in Law 19.6 is "The player must not step into the field of play when the ball is thrown".  However Law 6.B.5 (d) Exception 1 says: "When the player throwing in puts any part of either foot in the field of play the touch judge or assistant referee keeps the flag up."
This was never enforced - all throwers stand with feet crossing the line.
I was therefore pleased to see that in 2018, Law 18.22 says: "The player throwing in the ball stands on the mark of touch with both feet outside the field of play . The player may not step into the field of play until the ball has been thrown." 
Standing with a foot  on the touchline means the foot (and player) is out of play.  Excellent!  Unfortunately Law 6.26 c. still  says: "When the ball is thrown in, the assistant referee or touch judge lowers the flag, with the following exceptions:
i. when the player throwing in puts any part of either foot in the field of play."
Personally I shall continue to regard "both feet on the touchline" as legal even if the toes do overlap it.
Peter Shortell
Gloucester & District Referees Society

Thanks for raising this Peter. 

The Rugby Ref is in full agreement.  Feet on the line being ok would seem to be a pragmatic position to take.  There are bigger fish to fry and more important battles to fight than stopping play for this.


Thursday, 28 March 2019

About the replacement for 7s

Hi Ref,
From Law 3.6
We know the replacement is allowed only when the ball is dead.
There is a variation for WR rugby 7s- running sub. which I understand well.
But is there any variation for 7s that the replacement can be allowed for the team who possesses the ball when a penalty is awarded?
B/R
Bly

Hello Bly

 The 7's law variations do not mention rolling replacements, they only cover how many replacements are allowed.  If there are no variations then we revert to the main laws.  Alternatively competition regulations may be in place to cover this.

RFU regulations on rolling replacements state that they cannot happen at a penalty kick, the purpose of this is to stop the defending team announcing a replacement in order to slow down the attacking team from taking a quick penalty.  Other competition and Union regulations may take precedence on this.

So Bly, the answer to your question is 'maybe'.

Thanks
The Rugby Ref

Monday, 14 January 2019

Laws of the Game 2019

The Laws of the Game 2019 are now available to download from the World Rugby website.


DOWNLOAD HERE

Best post match meal this year.

The changing room this weekend had everything you need apart from some heating, however lovely hot showers made up for that 9/10


The post match meal was delicious.  A home made burger with lettuce, tomato, cheese and a selection of relish, some triple cooked chips, lovely pint of Doombar 10/10


Total score 19/20, well done that club.