That's extremely funny, and it's something that makes the game what it is, full of memories of all sorts of things that happen on the pitch, good, bad, and ugly. There are corner flags, for crissakes. And the five meter line is dashed as it should be. Maybe in his haste....and here in America, California, believe me, I've arrived at pitches to ref and seen traffic cones in place of corner flags, or 22 and halfway flags, and during a game they can be knocked over and not put back in the right place. And many times the rugby pitch is laid out over a soccer pitch, or a lacrosse field, and lines are going everywhere, sometimes different colors used to differentiate, and yet I have never seen someone dive in for a score five meters from a goal line!
Marginal call if he was offside. Regarding the tackle, I have to wonder why tackles are so glorified on this site. Can you imagine, back in the day of Barry John and Gareth Edwards, a newspaper or magazine about rugby putting so much emphasis on treat tackles? It never would have happened. »
Defenses need to be made aware of the possibility of the grubber or pop kick, then they back off some, and space or gaps open up for running. Something has to be done to break up the monotony of multiple phase play. And now there's the possibility of once again changing the offside line to something like a meter behind a ruck? That's just going to encourage more phase play, not open play. Might as well change the whole game to league and just abolish union because it seems that's the intention of those in charge of the game!
I've got a current law book, and am amazed once again about more law changes on hand in the coming year. "jackaling" might be outlawed. I don't know about more and more changes. I have a brilliant idea: go back to the laws as existed in 1991! Perhaps rugby would look again like rugby. As the writer Stephen Jones said in 1993, when all sorts of changes to law were made, "why change laws after a successful WC?" in regards to the 1991WC.
I'm reminded of the BBC commemorative film on Cliff Morgan, in which Tony O' Reilly mentions that when the Lions played the Springboks in that 1955 tour, Cliff would tell the backs to "put the ball over their heads" as the South African backline advanced forward in their so-called "blitz" defense. »