Please can someone explain to me the difference between:
Challenge by players to ball in the air – Super Rugby Final on 05 August 2017 at Ellis Park between Crusaders and Lions - resulting in a red card.
Challenge by players to ball in the air – Currie Cup match on 12 August - resulting in penalty.
Would love to understand the difference.
Kind regards, Jack (rugby fan since 1947)
The best way to explain this is to look at the World Rugby Law Application Guidelines.
Challenging players in the air - Law 10.4(i)
- Play on – Fair challenge with both players in a realistic position to catch the ball. Even if the player(s) land(s) dangerously, play on
- Penalty only – Fair challenge with wrong timing - No pulling down
- Yellow card – Not a fair challenge, there is no contest and the player is pulled down landing on his back or side
- Red card – It’s not a fair challenge with no contest, whilst being a reckless or deliberate foul play action and the player lands in a dangerous position
Video examples can be seen here: http://laws.worldrugby.org/?domain=9&guideline=8
The Rugby Ref