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Friday, August 01, 2008

Friday Funnies - How far offside can you go

Friday Funnies - How far offside can you go

Stadium Australia in 1999 hosted the match between arch rivals Australia and New Zealand, played out in front of over 107 000 people. It was the final test for both sides before the World Cup, and proved to be a great run out for the team that went on to lift the trophy in Wales a few months later.

One of the more comical moments in the match came when Wallaby captain and flanker David Wilson found himself horribly offside after a couple of kicks were exchanged by both sides.

Wilson felt he was onside when the ball was tossed to Justin Marshall, so he proceeded with the tackle, only to be penalised by ref Jim Fleming.

The match ended 28-7 to the Wallabies, with Wilson going on to lift the Bledisloe Cup.

Posted at 11:27 am | 20 comments

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mitchy August 01, 2008 10:48 am

just a little bit offside

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bD August 01, 2008 11:20 am

goodness gracious haha i love clips of that commentator

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Benson August 01, 2008 2:45 pm

haha yeah only a little offside. what was he on about though?! lol

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Wagga Magpie August 01, 2008 3:13 pm

maybe AFL Mr Wilson

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Francois August 01, 2008 3:28 pm

reminds me of a first timer on the pitch :)really good catch, he's so out of line that it is, indeed, hilarious

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Hendrick August 01, 2008 4:42 pm

All I can say is Wow.

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MadDog August 01, 2008 5:24 pm

the smartest man on the earth!!

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aNOny-mous August 01, 2008 7:03 pm

what was his attempted explanation to the ref? something about 10 meters i heard

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Dave August 01, 2008 7:57 pm

wasn't this the AB's record defeat?

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felix August 01, 2008 9:52 pm

he was onside!!! law 11.3 b - 11.3 BEING PUT ONSIDE BY OPPONENTSIn general play, there are three ways by which an offside player canbe put onside by an action of the opposing team. These three waysdo not apply to a player who is offside under the 10-Metre law.(a) Runs 5 metres with ball. When an opponent carrying the ballruns 5 metres, the offside player is put onside.(b) Kicks or passes. When an opponent kicks or passes the ball, theoffside player is put onside.(c) Intentionally touches ball. When an opponent intentionallytouches the ball but does not catch it, the offside player is putonside.

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felix August 01, 2008 9:54 pm

i read this rule a while ago and was planning to try it out next season. i've never seen it ever enforced by a referee before... it always seems to be ignored and people only think that you are back onside if you get back behind the kicker.i might have to carry a full copy of the laws in my sock to show the ref.... and the opposition.

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felix August 01, 2008 10:04 pm

hang on...this puts a spanner in the works - 11.4 OFFSIDE UNDER THE 10-METRE LAW(a) When a team mate of an offside player has kicked ahead, theoffside player is considered to be taking part in the game if theplayer is in front of an imaginary line across the field which is 10metres from the opponent waiting to play the ball, or from wherethe ball lands or may land. The offside player must immediatelymove behind the imaginary 10-metre line. While moving away,the player must not obstruct an opponent.Penalty: Penalty Kickhe was offside after all.

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Greiffel August 01, 2008 10:10 pm

Well worked through Felix. It was fun to sit back and watch you get the correct answer in the end. :)You had me for a second though, mainly cos I figured Wilson must have been onto something with the way he protested. But, after all that, still miles offside. lol

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felix August 01, 2008 10:22 pm

only 10 metres offside in the end though... it looked about 40 metres to start with!this is an interesting article if you like reading about the intricacies of the laws:http://www.irishrugby.ie/6855_9405.php

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Brennie August 01, 2008 10:42 pm

That fuunnye

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Anonymous August 02, 2008 12:41 am

HahaIf your going to beat the all blacks. You have t play like the allblacks.... cheat whenever possible!!!

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Sean August 02, 2008 11:46 am

^^^^^^^^^Ab dont cheat

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Andy B August 06, 2008 12:18 pm

Felix, you just managed to argue the point why he was offside... he was offside under the 10m law - he needed to retire without interfering with play. the ref was spot on - in that instance, it doesn't matter that he has passed the ball... he still had to retire.

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Anonymous July 16, 2009 4:54 pm

Go on wallabies!

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