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Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Midweek Madness - Tackler gets thin air as winger miraculously flies over him

Cobras A team scored this incredible try against Whangamata recently, as they found a way to get past a cover defender, defying the laws of physics (and some may say rugby) in the process. After some lovely build-up play from a turnover, winger Kiefer Gulliver did the unexpected.

The creativity with the Cobras - standing for College Old Boys Rugby and Sports - isn't just in their name, as Gulliver leapt extremely high to get over the would-be tackler, as fans in Te Aroha, New Zealand watched on.

While the try was given, this is often considered illegal by referees, as we have seen on numerous occasions in the past. That said, it is not always blown up, as we saw when Vaea Fifita jumped over Piers Francis two years ago.

The referee also let that one go, but it is usually penalised as dangerous play, falling under the old Law 10.4 covering Dangerous Play, now called Law 9.11, Players must not do anything that is reckless or dangerous to others. 

Some may say that it could also fall under Law 9.26, A player must not do anything that is against the spirit of good sportsmanship.

Either way, nobody was hurt on this occasion so it made for quite amusing viewing.

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