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Sam Cane cleared while Malakai Fekitoa receives one week ban

So now World Rugby's citing group have returned a judgement that is demonstrably wrong: in their statement they say that Cane's high tackle was not foul play because it was accidental. However, if you read Law 10.4 (e), it states explicitly that "a player must not tackle (or try to tackle) an opponent above the line of the shoulders even if the tackle starts below the line of the shoulders. A tackle around the opponent’s neck or head is dangerous play." There is no gray area, no mention of intent or accident. A player who tackles an opponent above the shoulders is guilty of dangerous play...under the section of laws titled "Foul Play". By definition - in World Rugby's own law book - any tackle above the shoulders is foul play.

Their statement directly contradicts their law book. That being said, I agree that a yellow is enough in this case - as long as the player doesn't have a history of foul play (I don't think Cane does).

1 Year, 6 Months ago

Perfectly executed back heel kick 100m try goes viral

You are correct. The face is not a knock-on, neither is the upper leg, the chest, the back, the forehead, etc.

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Perfectly executed back heel kick 100m try goes viral

Actually, if a player loses the ball backwards or straight down, then it hits his knee and goes forward then it is not a knock-on.

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Perfectly executed back heel kick 100m try goes viral

Actually, when you kick a ball you're still technically in possession while the ball is in the air (ever wonder why if you form a maul immediately after catching the ball on the full, you get the ball back when the maul fails?). So a kick is not a loss of possession, merely a loss of control.

Of course, this is a situation where it's not a kick...so the loss of possession is actually when he releases the ball behind him.

The law about kicks doesn't prevent a player from propelling the ball forward by other means (e.g.: off the body, the upper leg, the face); it just defines what may be considered a kick for the purposes of scoring points or restarting the game.

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Wallabies disallowed try viewed as a major turning point in loss

Except under the laws, continuing to run your support line is not obstruction. Haylett-Petty is not required to move out of the way of Savea.

The law on obstruction that deals with blocking the tackler [10.1 (c)] states that "A player must not intentionally move or stand in a position that prevents an opponent from tackling a ball carrier."

The argument is that Haylett-Petty deliberately got in Savea's way, but if you look at the video, he starts running a support line towards the outside. As he continues on his line, he happens to bump Savea (granted, he does shove a little...). Both players are entitled to continue running their lines (you wouldn't expect Savea to move to allow a support player to get into a better position).

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Wallabies disallowed try viewed as a major turning point in loss

Obstruction requires the obstructer to change his line to deliberately get in the way. Because Hale-Petty was already running a line that would take him to the outside, he is entitled to continue to run that line. He does not have to get out of Savea's way.

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Keith Earls furious after red card for tip-tackle in Munster win

Actually, I think if he hadn't dipped his head he would have landed on it. It really looked like the hooker realized he was going over, and tucked to try to avoid landing on his head - just like you're taught to do when somersaulting.

Poor technique and bad reaction from Earls, Glasgow hooker did what he had to do to protect himself.

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Brilliant flick infield by Adam Knight saves Otago try

The Rugby League emphasis on kicking (because of the limited number of tackles available per possession) means that there are often kicks at the end of a set of six. Couple that with the ridiculous raw athleticism required to make it in the NRL, and you get regular awesome highlights. On the flip side, I personally find it a bit one-dimensionally as far as the tactics are concerned - a typical set of six is: bash, bash, bash, pass, pass/kick, kick (if still in possession).

Also, as a union player if you want to really develop good running lines, have a go at league (especially in Aus) - you'll either come away with excellent off-the-ball running lines, or broken into a million pieces (if you don't learn).

As DanKnapp mentions though, the NRL highlight reel is fantastic regardless of which code you prefer.

1 Year, 8 Months ago

Nigel Owens unimpressed by naughty Francois Steyn shouting at goalkicker

Very happy to see this here - this is something I've noticed creeping in at the local club level. Hopefully some of those players will see this and take note.

1 Year, 8 Months ago

Brilliant flick infield by Adam Knight saves Otago try

Nope! Law 22.11 (a) specifies that "when the ball touches the touch-in-goal line or the dead ball line, or touches anything or anyone beyond those lines, the ball becomes dead." No mention of the plane of the line.

It's similar to touch - the ball being in or out is determined by what it touches when it lands. If it touches the line or anything beyond the line, it's dead. Until it touches something on the line or beyond the line (including players with a foot on or over the line), it's still in play.

1 Year, 8 Months ago