Quote:An attacking team is awarded a Free kick and opt to take a scrum instead. They win the ball and the half back drop kicks a goal and the ball goes dead.
What should the referee rule?
a) Award the goal
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Where is the question:
"Black 7 has just entered a ruck from an offisde position for the umpteenth time in the match and proceeded, what do you award:
a) penalty to nz
b) penalty to nz with yellow card to opposition
c) if it is very blatant then friendly chat with black 7 asking him nicely not to do it again and warning him that if he repeats same offence you will have to sin bin him, before walking off chuckling at the absurdity of the threat and the chance of you ever going through with it"
Quote:Think I'm missing the point, if Black 7 was offside why award a penalty to NZ? Surely it should go to the opposition or is this a dig at refs siding with the ABs?
No, 75 is correct.
You are not allowed to take a drop kick after a free kick until an opposition player has touched the ball. A ruck or a maul will usually suffice. As the attempted kick is not a legitimate drop kick, the ball is ruled to have been kicked dead. It could be argued that if the drop kick was taken from outside the 22, there should be a scrum to the defending side from where it was kicked. But the question isn't clear.
I remember something similar happening in a Welsh cup final while I was at Uni. Neath v Llanelli I think. A free kick was taken, tapped, and the forwards set up a maul. The ball was passed backwards to the fly who drop kicked.
The ref awarded the drop goal, but was roundly criticised in the Welsh media, as the ball had been so well protected in the maul the oppo had not touched it.
Apparently the law had been brought in to prevent teams simply taking a drop kick when a free kick was awarded, as free kick offences were not deemed to be worthy of a shot at goal.