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Re: Character
Posted by: poorfour
Date: 06/11/2017 12:32
On the Matthews disallowed try, you can place the ball, but not roll. Correctly disallowed.

That's not what the Laws say:

World Rugby Law 15.5 (c)
A tackled player may release the ball by putting it on the ground in any direction, provided this is done immediately.

There's no stipulation as to how you have place it, only that it has to be made available immediately. There's nothing saying you can't roll, as long as it's done immediately and you release the ball if anyone is there to contest it.

World Rugby Law 15.5 (g)
If a player is tackled near the goal line, that player may immediately reach out and ground the ball on or over the goal line to score a try or make a touch down.

15.5(g) does specifically say a player may *reach out* - but it doesn't prohibit rolling.

By way of analogy, we've all seen tries given when a player is tackled onto his back over the goal line and twists or rolls to ground the ball, and we've all seen them disallowed when it takes more than one attempt. The only difference here is that Charlie wasn't over the line and rolled to get there.

As ever, the referee's interpretation is final but in this case he was imposing a sanction for something that isn't specifically prohibited by the Laws.

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