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Super Rugby AU Round 7 - Force vs Waratahs @ Robina - Friday 14 August

Discussion in 'Rugby Matches' started by Braveheart81, Aug 10, 2020.

  1. rugbysmartarse Alan Cameron (40)

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    if it was NZ in a Bledisloe (in NZ) it wouldn't even get to the TMO
  2. eastman Tom Lawton (22)

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    I don't think that necessary matters- Cowan wasn't able to at least attempt to make a tackle. HJH should have made more effort to get through the line.
  3. Braveheart81 Rocky Elsom (76)

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    The two relevant bits of law are:

    9.2 An offside player must not intentionally obstruct an opponent or interfere with play.
    9.3 A player must not intentionally prevent an opponent from tackling or attempting to tackle the ball-carrier.

    So intent is key here.

    Did HJH know there was a player directly behind him and try and prevent them from making an attempt at a tackle? I don't really think so. He is legitimately where he is (he was in the previous ruck that was there), he's looked around and is putting himself in a position to support Maddocks and make sure he's not blocking the path Maddocks is running.
    Tahtrajic and formerflanker like this.
  4. Hawko Geoff Shaw (53)

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    And once intent is key then there is always doubt. Only those that have superpowers can say for certain what was in the mind of the player and I seriously doubt any of our referees have that unique ability. For this reason, any time you see the word "intentionally" written into law (either rugby law or legal law) you know there is going to be an argument. Would the law be any more onerous if the word did not appear? The same issue arises every time someone puts up a kick and then tries to chase it through a minefield of blockers.

    If the law said that a player must avoid contacting a player from the other team unless they were moving quickly to place themselves into an onside position so that they could participate in the play then this would clarify for referees whether there was obstruction or not without having to decide on intent, which is always a crapshoot.

    In this particular case I would say HJH has the right to be where he is, backing up the player making the break and that therefore any obstruction on Ready is legal. I am reminded of the awful decision in the DHP vs Read case a few years back that IMO lost us a Bledisloe test.
  5. Braveheart81 Rocky Elsom (76)

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    I think it is important for intent to be in the wording here because if it wasn't it would mean that things that are very much not penalties would become penalties.

    I.e. if a player has a defender coming from their left and they pass to the person to their right, they are then blocking the defender from getting to the person who now has the ball. That is clearly not obstruction but if you removed "intent" then they would be breaching both 9.2 and 9.3.

    Likewise, a support runner in an offside position could be in breach of 9.3 if you removed "intent" if a defender was trying to chase down the ball runner but they were in the way even though they are onside and in a position to receive a pass.
  6. Rob42 Vay Wilson (31)

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    While we're at it, can we outlaw the blockers who position themselves in front of the 9 at every box-kick? They move into a position where they are in front of the ball whilst it's in the ruck, for no purpose other than to block legitimate tacklers. I don't understand how this isn't a penalty every time.
  7. Jimmy_Crouch Colin Windon (37)

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    This can be resolved/managed with a use it call from the ref. Call use it earlier and actually call them when they don't.
  8. Derpus David Codey (61)

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    Dont they touch the ruck so they are 'part of the ruck' and not offside
  9. Rob42 Vay Wilson (31)

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    No, they're completely separate to the ruck, standing upright.
  10. cyclopath Stirling Mortlock (74)

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    That's been going on for years, unfortunately. Can't see them changing it anytime soon. But I agree.
  11. Forcefield Peter Fenwicke (45)

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    The complexities of the law. Both the HJH and Gordon calls were borderline. Either way they are accuracies we need to work on. Neither player needed to do what they did when they did it another second in each case and the outcome would've been the same. I'd call HJH a moot point. Hanigan is clearly holding FLW back, and I reckon FLW would've filled that hole if not.

    I wonder if the TMO/Ref would have been as picky if it wasn't clear the Tahs were going to win.

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