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If you are carrying the ball in your hand, like Strettle or the No8 in this clip, then you don't need downward pressure. You just need to touch the ball off the ground.
If the ball is on the ground, and you want to score a try, then you need downward pressure. So in this case, a player picking the ball up wouldn't result in a try. If the ball was already on the ground, then they would have to press down on it to score the try.
Gman has actually quoted the law perfectly above (I don't think he applied it property though)
3 Years, 6 Months ago