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Super Rugby Highlights feed - Round 16

Kicking the ball out of someone's hand as they reach for the line has always been specifically prohibited:

Law 22
(e) Tackled near the goal-line. If a player is tackled near to the opponents’ goal line so that this player may immediately reach out and ground the ball on or over the goal-line, a try is scored.

(f) In this situation, defending players who are on their feet may legally prevent the try by pulling the ball from the tackled player’s hands or arms, but must not kick the ball.

Also the IRFU released a clarification last year stating that players should not be permitted to kick the ball out of a player's hands as they pick it up from a ruck:

1 Year, 11 Months ago

The British and Irish Lions win the first Test as Kurtley Beale misses late penalties

What possible reason would fans of the *winning* team have to unfairly criticise the referee's performance? How can you, as a neutral, honestly say that you understood or agreed with all of his breakdown decisions? It was clearly a matter of interpretation, but unfortunately Pollock's interpretation favoured the southern hemisphere team.

4 Years, 11 Months ago

TJ Perenara makes big hit then later gets punched in the face by Liam Messam

That kind of cheeky 'punch' can easily provoke a big scrap and get opposing players sent off for retaliating. That said the 9 getting involved in the first place probably provoked Messam so all's fair really.

The biggest disgrace is wingers from both sides going down that bloody easily...

5 Years, 3 Weeks ago

Josh Matavesi banned for brutal high tackle on Neil De Kock

This game was not televised. You can hear someone on the ref's mic mention that there's no video during the clip. This is one of the strongest arguments against giving TMOs more powers: not all games actually have them

5 Years, 1 Month ago

Josh Matavesi banned for brutal high tackle on Neil De Kock

He was obviously being sarcastic...

5 Years, 1 Month ago

Antoine Battut cited after straight red card for knee against Munster

Didn't look like his knee got anywhere near the head on the second replay

5 Years, 4 Months ago

Toulon turn it on at home with thrashing of Sale Sharks

Steffon Armitage is involved in practically every play in every Toulon highlight reel I see. What does the man have to do to get into the England squad?!

5 Years, 6 Months ago

Italy vs Australia - Live stream

As far as I can tell nobody in the UK is showing this game, yet RD still cannot stream it here. It will be a licensing issue, but a more ridiculous one: 'if we aren't showing it no one else can'

5 Years, 6 Months ago

Clermont snatch dramatic 50th consecutive Stade Marcel Michelin victory

No problem with kicking the ball out, but throwing or hitting it is illegal

5 Years, 6 Months ago

Clermont snatch dramatic 50th consecutive Stade Marcel Michelin victory

Just checked the IRB Laws site:


(c) Throwing into touch. A player must not intentionally knock, place, push or throw the ball with his arm or hand into touch, touch-in-goal, or over the dead ball line.
Sanction: Penalty kick on the 15-metre line if the offence is between the 15-metre line and the touchline...

5 Years, 6 Months ago