Category: lawquestions

Law Question: Missed Penalty Kick, kicked in goal by defender, caught and made dead by a second defender.

Question: It’s the last play of the game. Red are kicking for posts. The ball drifts just wide and a Green player, in the in-goal area, stops it with his foot (making him the ‘kicker’). It bounces up into the arms of another Green…

Law Question: Maul taken to ground (by team in possession)

Question: A maul has formed, you call maul. The team not in possession clearly want to hold the ball up, but the team in possession get the ball clearly to ground. Under law 16.16.b, the maul is over. How do you now proceed? Society…

Law Question: Line Out Thrown blown back by strong wind

Question: Hooker throws the ball both straight and beyond the 5 metre line but it is blown back by a gust of wind and the hooker, who has advanced into the field of play, catches his own throw. Any issues? Society response: Unusual but…

Law Question: Three penalties close to goal line

Question: Whites have penalty 10m from Blacks try line. Take a tap and Blacks infringe again. Whites have second penalty now on 5m line. Blacks infringe by not staying behind the try line. Third successive penalty – on 5m line. Blacks again infringe by…

Law Question: Pushing a player into touch

Question: Can you push a ball carrier into touch? I have recently seen a senior referee allow it, and also have read an assessor’s report say it’s forbidden. Thoughts? Society Response From Law 9 Law 9.11               Players must not do anything that is reckless…