Could I just ask you two questions;
1. Leaving the line-out;
When is the line-out over?
If the ball is thrown in, the jumper palms it to the scrum half who is slow to release it to no.10, can the opposition run through the line and intercept the ball as it is played between 9 and 10?
2. When is a 'tackle' made;
The attacking player and ball carrier has his shirt 'scragged' by the tackler and goes to ground does he have to release the ball?
The 'tackler' does not have hold of the player just his shirt.
I ref a lot of Junior games, these scenarios both occurred at U16 level and I favoured the attacking team in both cases which led to two tries.
All the best, keep up the good work,
Q1. The lineout is over when the ball or a player carrying it leaves the lineout. In your scenario once the ball is passed off the top by the jumper it has left the lineout. The opposition can't run through the line until that point. So in answer to question 1, yes they can.
19.9(b) Lineout ends. The lineout ends when the ball or a player carrying it leaves the lineout.
This includes the following:
• When the ball is thrown, knocked or kicked out of the lineout, the lineout ends.
• When the ball or a player carrying the ball moves into the area between the 5-metre line and the touchline, the lineout ends.
• When a lineout player hands the ball to a player who is peeling off, the lineout ends.
• When the ball is thrown beyond the 15-metre line, or when a player takes or puts it beyond that line, the lineout ends.
• When a ruck or maul develops in a lineout, and all the feet of all the players in the ruck or maul move beyond the line of touch, the lineout ends.
• When the ball becomes unplayable in a lineout, the lineout ends. Play restarts with ascrum.
Q2. A tackle is made when the ball carrier is held by one or more opponents and brought to ground.
Holding the shirt is enough for the player to be held.
One knee or more on the ground constitutes brought to ground.
So yes, the ball carrier is tackled and must release, pass or place the ball. Is the player holding his shirt a tackler though? In order to be called a tackler and have tacklers rights, he must also go to ground (one knee on the floor). If he doesn't go to ground he is not a tackler, he is commonly called a tackle assist.
Why is this important?
Both of them must release the ball carrier, but a tackler can then play the ball from any direction (after getting to his feet). The tackle assist must come "through the gate" by entering the tackle area from his own side of the tackle (nearest his own goal line) before playing the ball.
So to answer question 2, yes he does.
A tackle occurs when the ball carrier is held by one or more opponents and isbrought to ground.A ball carrier who is not held is not a tackled player and a tackle has not takenplace.Opposition players who hold the ball carrier and bring that player to ground, andwho also go to ground, are known as tacklers.Opposition players who hold the ball carrier and do not go to ground are nottacklers.
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