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Re: New scrum laws
Posted by: martwhit
Date: 08/09/2017 11:56
think theres a bit of difference between scrum and lineout wrt not straight.

In the scrum theres no excuses, If its not straight its the 9 either chearing of being rubbish

In the lineout, sometimes a hooker will err to his side deliberately, and that is where you should continue to blow up But a degree of tolerance, at the ref's discretion is available for other circumstances. If the throw is skewed to the opponent I'd overlook it, if the wind takes the ball marginally off straight, thats ok, sometimes if the throw is crooked but the opponent wasnt challenging and the ball would have been won anyway to blow up would be pointless.

I had a similar game once where I was skipper and we had a young female ref. She was very clued up on the laws, but a stickler for them on a very windy day. After a number of lineouts failed to complete, myself and the other skipper had a word and we all 3 agreed to be tolerant to wind affected throw ins, and from that point on both teams enjoyed an excellent game refereed with ample common sense.

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