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Nigel Owens on the Laws re: 6 Nations
Bedlington Lad (IP Logged)
29 January, 2018 12:51
From the Mail online: Ahead of the Six Nations, legendary referee Nigel Owens runs you through a few laws to watch out for this yea
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There will be no repeat of Italy’s ‘ruckless’ rugby from last season… For people who watched last year and are expecting to see it again, it won’t happen. The law has changed, and players cannot now run round to the opposition side having not engaged in a ruck.
Once a tackle takes place and one attacking player is standing over, that creates the offside line right across the field and everyone has to retreat. I think that is a positive and makes it easier to referee.

Protecting rugby’s values is important, so we will deal with backchat as we are aware of it creeping into the game. We can march teams back 10 metres, reverse the penalty decision, or even show cards — although I would probably only sin-bin someone who has retaliated to foul play and then asks for a yellow for the other player.
As with anything, it depends on what is said and the manner in which they say it. If a player shouts right into your face, they may receive a card.

With collisions in the air it is not all about where the victim lands… If the action is already illegal, reckless and dangerous the defender could fall safely, but it may still be a red card. Most are unavoidable collisions, so should not warrant a card.

We will be stronger on crooked feeds at the scrum… Everybody wants the ball put in straight at a scrum — it does not need to be 50-50 down the middle, but it needs to allow both hookers to strike for the ball. If the ball goes straight into the second-row’s feet we will be giving a free-kick.

If someone charges into a ruck, leading with the shoulder and strikes the head it is pretty much always a red card… Owens has also promised tournament referees will be stronger on crooked feeds at the scrum
I liken it to driving in a 30mph zone. If you are driving at 35mph and hit someone, your action is illegal — it does not matter how late the person came out into the road. If you drove at 30mph and did everything to avoid the collision, you haven’t done anything wrong.

Something new we will clamp down on is… Scrum-halves rolling the ball back in a ruck with their hands. This has been happening when the ball has been won. Now they must use their feet unless the ball is trapped under a pile of bodies.
If they use their hands they could concede a penalty or referees will say the ball is out and the ruck is over, so the opposition can come round.

 
Re: Nigel Owens on the Laws re: 6 Nations
29 January, 2018 13:25
With regard to paragraph 4 and paragraph 6, I'll believe it when I see it!

 
Re: Nigel Owens on the Laws re: 6 Nations
Bedlington Lad (IP Logged)
29 January, 2018 13:29
I thought: "it does not need to be 50-50 down the middle" was very telling. To my mind, back in the day, the ball went down the middle and both hookers struck for it - I suppose that's like the Dodo - long gone.

 
Re: Nigel Owens on the Laws re: 6 Nations
pa8 (IP Logged)
29 January, 2018 15:33
At last they intend doing something about the scrum half, at the base of a breakdown, placing the ball with his hands and not being clattered by the opposition back row. Not before time.

 
Re: Nigel Owens on the Laws re: 6 Nations
Kwa444 (IP Logged)
29 January, 2018 19:37
Why on earth does a 'straight' line out throw have a 0.5m tolerance from true nowadays? For years hookers managed to throw 90% or more true, so there is no need for it.

If you were struggling to throw straight, you just threw to the front of the line out to be certain.

People talk about increasing the skill sets of the players and yet it seems to me they have been dumbed down in most areas except offloads.

The old torpedo kick has generally been coached out because of the increased risk of it taking a bend in 'iffy' hands, despite it providing substantially more distance and needing greater skill.

It just goes to show that the march of time doesn't necessarily equate to progress.

 
Re: Nigel Owens on the Laws re: 6 Nations
Monkey1 (IP Logged)
30 January, 2018 07:11
Quote:
Bedlington Lad
I thought: "it does not need to be 50-50 down the middle" was very telling. To my mind, back in the day, the ball went down the middle and both hookers struck for it - I suppose that's like the Dodo - long gone.

Despite what laws people may quote, the 'guidance' on scrum feeds is that the ball should be fed into the tunnel formed by the feet of the front row. Even that rather lenient interpretation of a straight feed is usually ignored. At least Owens recognises that people are naffed of with scrum feeds so there might be some faint glimmer of hope.

As for the idea of feeding the ball straight down the middle, it would probably lead to this sort of conversation:

Hooker "What the hell were you doing?"
Scrummie "What do you mean?"
Hooker "You put the ball in down the middle. It was in front of my feet for pity's sake."
Scrummie "It's what I was told to do."
Hooker "Well what was I supposed to do with it?"
Scrummie "You're supposed to hook for it."
Hooker "What's hooking?"

 
Re: Nigel Owens on the Laws re: 6 Nations
dick g (IP Logged)
30 January, 2018 08:02
Quote:
Monkey1
Quote:
Bedlington Lad
I thought: "it does not need to be 50-50 down the middle" was very telling. To my mind, back in the day, the ball went down the middle and both hookers struck for it - I suppose that's like the Dodo - long gone.

Despite what laws people may quote, the 'guidance' on scrum feeds is that the ball should be fed into the tunnel formed by the feet of the front row. Even that rather lenient interpretation of a straight feed is usually ignored. At least Owens recognises that people are naffed of with scrum feeds so there might be some faint glimmer of hope.

As for the idea of feeding the ball straight down the middle, it would probably lead to this sort of conversation:

Hooker "What the hell were you doing?"

Scrummie "What do you mean?"
Hooker "You put the ball in down the middle. It was in front of my feet for pity's sake."
Scrummie "It's what I was told to do."
Hooker "Well what was I supposed to do with it?"
Scrummie "You're supposed to hook for it."
Hooker "What's hooking?"

The law has said for a couple of seasons that the scrum-half must put the ball in straight with his left shoulder aligned with a line between the front rows. This gives the non-offending side an advantage, but still allows the other hooker to strike. The front rows must hook, not simply push over. If this law is correctly reffed, scrums will be quicker and competitive, given that a scrum is intended to penalise the side which has offended. It is still possible to get one "against the head."

I think this is actually fairer than the old put-in equally distant from both front rows.


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