Laws of the Game

January 04 2017

January 3rd Sees Two New Categories of Dangerous Tackle: Will the Whistle Count Skyrocket: VIDEO ADDED


posted Jan 4 17
[ed. comments below]

Apparently there's a book out called 50 Shades of Grey and it isn't about the referee's interpretation at the breakdown, can't be important then. With the new tackle laws I expect 100 Shades of Grey to be a new bestseller.

Some games have become virtually a few passes between whistles with the breakdown being the main culprit, now with Reckless and Accidental tackles added to the books it's going to get interesting.

The Accidental tackle especially has all sorts of promise for enticing the whistle, especially with the wording, "this includes situations where the ball-carrier slips into the tackle". Is it just me or can you imagine a hard fought game, tied with a minute left, ball in the opponent's half... forget setting up for a drop goal. You send in "Stubby" McPherson, soles greased with liniment and blast him hell-bent for leather towards the opposing 2nd row towers. An 80% chance of claiming an accidental tackle and a shot at goal. Don't say I didn't warn you.

I know safety first, yup, it's how I lead my life, getting a T-shirt made up.

Well we'll see how this pans out. Feel free to comment in the FB section below.

From World Rugby

From 3 January, two new categories of dangerous tackles will carry penalty offences to deter and eradicate high tackles:

Reckless tackle
A player is deemed to have made reckless contact during a tackle or attempted tackle or during other phases of the game if in making contact, the player knew or should have known that there was a risk of making contact with the head of an opponent, but did so anyway. This sanction applies even if the tackle starts below the line of the shoulders. This type of contact also applies to grabbing and rolling or twisting around the head/neck area even if the contact starts below the line of the shoulders.

Minimum sanction: Yellow card
Maximum sanction: Red card

Accidental tackle
When making contact with another player during a tackle or attempted tackle or during other phases of the game, if a player makes accidental contact with an opponent's head, either directly or where the contact starts below the line of the shoulders, the player may still be sanctioned. This includes situations where the ball-carrier slips into the tackle.

Minimum sanction: Penalty

[ed. Just added a video clip from today's Scarlets v Ulster match. Even veteran announcer's aren't used to the new law definitions. Starts as a "brilliant tackle" but ref awards penalty try and gives yellow card to defender. It's going to be very difficult to stop scrum halves and other quick, small players when they dive head first from a metre out. Mandatory penalty try and yellow card, it's 2017.]



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