In 13.9 of the law book before 2018,
13.9 LAW 13 - KICK OFF AND RESTART KICKS
13.9 BALL GOES INTO THE IN-GOAL
(b) If the opposing team grounds the ball, or if they make it dead, or if the ball becomes dead by going into touch-in-goal, or on or over the dead ball line, they have two choices:
• To have a scrum formed at the centre, and they throw in the ball, or
• To have the other team kick off again.
(c) If they opt to ground the ball or make it dead, they must do so without delay. Any other action with the ball by a defending player means the player has elected to play on.
We found in law book after 2018,
it became 12.9 as below description
If the ball is kicked into the opponents’ in-goal without touching any player and an opponent grounds the ball without delay or it goes dead through in-goal, the non-kicking team has the option of having the kick retaken or a scrum.
In the past we awarded 22 drop out instead of center scrum or retaken when the defense player delayed grounding the ball.
According to the wording of new law book, shall we do the same decision as before since they deleted the 13.9(c).
Tuesday, 24 November 2020
Monday, 16 November 2020
About law 21.17, here we have a scenario:
In open play and the time is up. What about the situation when neither the ref and AR don’t know if the ball is grounded or not. (No TMO in that pitch)
Should we blow the whistle to finish the game or make the last scrum call, attacking team throw in?
Law 21.17 says "If there is any doubt about which team first grounded the ball in in-goal, play is restarts with a five metre scrum.."
In your example we don't know if the ball as grounded or not, assuming the ball was taken into in-goal by the attacking team, and we can't see it grounded, then the call would be held up, which would also result in a five metre scrum.
So now we have to look at the law on time.
A half ends when the ball becomes dead after time has expired unless:
A scrum, lineout or restart kick following a try or touchdown, awarded before time expired, has not been completed and the ball has not returned to open play. This includes when the scrum, lineout or restart kick is taken incorrectly.
The key phrase in this law is "awarded before time expires". Since time had already expired in your example, the scrum was awarded after time had expired, so the game ends.
Hope that answers your question.
The Rugby Ref