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Re: Character
Posted by: tbonethequin
Date: 06/11/2017 16:13
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.

I'd agree with your interpretation. as you say, players often roll over when they're on their back. Anyway, thankfully it didn't matter, and I actually missed that disallowed try live and it's not on the highlights, so can't really comment on that attempt, just on what I had understood to be allowed generally.

Agree that a full penalty for double movement is harsh. No try and free kick seems fairer to me.

Luamanu has generally played really well this season. A couple of games he's gone missing, and his hands let him down in the first couple of games, but he has generally been very good. In the win at Wasps in the premiership, when we were picking and driving at the end he took on the responsibility on several occasions, when a knock on could have given them the chance to win the game.

As for Chis, as above, I really hope it was a knock and if it's concussion related that it really bad news

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