ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
REGISTER
LOGIN
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
Tuesday Feb 15, 2022

WATCH: The moment that cost Scotland their chance at a Grand Slam

Finn Russell’s yellow card at the 68-minute mark during the Wales v Scotland Six Nations clash cost his side dearly. With the match still very much in the balance at 17-17, the yellow card tipped the momentum in favour of Wales. Wales were the eventual winners 20-17.  

ADVERTISEMENT

The law which authorised referee Nic Berry to send Russell to the sin bin is law 11.4. This law states, “It is not an intentional knock-on if, in the act of trying to catch the ball, the player knocks on provided that there was a reasonable expectation that the player could gain possession.”

Basically this law says, it rests on the subjective interpretation of the referee to decide whether a player has a ‘reasonable expectation’ of catching the ball. What is reasonable to one referee may not be to another. This is where some of Rugby’s struggle for consistency lies.

In the match on the weekend, Finn Russell did not seem in a great position to catch the ball, but the ball he tipped upwards was catchable. Additionally, with how flat Wales were playing to the advantage line the chances of trying to pick up an intercept would naturally increase. Finn Russell hit the ball upward. Which indicates a somewhat reasonable expectation of attempting a genuine intercept, that has not come to fruition. He then has to brace when attempting the intercept, for the impact of an oncoming prop.

When deciding on the outcome of the incident, Nic Berry addressed the TMO during play stoppage and said he only had the play at a knock on. This was Nic Berry’s instinctual call after watching the play in real time. The TMO then advises Berry to take the play back for a penalty. Based on this advice, Berry then assesses the play and Yellow cards Russell.

Whether the yellow was justified I believe is more debatable than pundits are giving credit. But one thing is for sure, the yellow card greatly affected the outcome of the match. One would think, players will want to be very cautious when trying for an intercept based on current referee interpretations.

ADVERTISEMENT

Related Articles

  • 27 WEEKS AGO

    Ellis Genge puts on his boxing gloves ready...

  • 27 WEEKS AGO

    Crazy scenes as player deliberately kicks...

  • 27 WEEKS AGO

    RFU make decision on transgender players...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 10 HOURS AGO

    Duhan van der Merwe Scores Calcutta Cup Classic

  • 10 HOURS AGO

    Marcus Smith Sets Up World Class Max Malins Try In Calcutta Cup

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Faf De Klerk Involved With Wild Trick Play In Japanese Top League

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Italian Star With A Mind Blowing Finish For Toulouse

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Quick Thinking Etzebeth Scores Thrilling Try To Keep Sharks Alive In London

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 8 HOURS AGO

    Liam Williams Accused Of Diving Following Iain Henderson Collision

  • 11 HOURS AGO

    Garry Ringrose Hammers Dan Biggar In Dominant Irish Victory At Principality Stadium

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Nasty Stamp During Top 14 Clash Caught Up Close On Camera

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Leicester Tigers And Springbok Number Eight In Hot Water For Sickening Ankle Roll

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Controversy Brewing Following Lack Of TMO intervention In ‘Dangerous’ Toulouse Tackle

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Sevens magic as 'headed' try brings stadium to its feet

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Almost 35,000 have now signed petition to reverse new grassroots tackle laws

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    RFU introduce maximum of waist high tackling in amateur rugby

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Big players omitted in Borthwick's new squad and Jones finds a new job - The fallout

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Chaotic try in classic footage shows just how unpredictable a rugby ball can be

View All

Funnies

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Skydiver Interrupts Rugby Match With Clear High Tackle

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Faf De Klerk Involved With Wild Trick Play In Japanese Top League

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Sevens magic as 'headed' try brings stadium to its feet

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Australian Broadcasters Slammed For ‘Pathetic’ Attack On International Referee

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    “I’m Too Old” Referee Substituted In Bizarre Incident

View All

Amateur

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    You Won’t See Many Better Than This Silky-Smooth Try From Llandovery RFC

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes As Caldy RFC Hand Ealing First Championship Defeat Of The Season

  • 27 WEEKS AGO

    Dubious Score Decides Result Of Rugby's Biggest Schools Fixture

  • 27 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes At School Boys Rugby Match

  • 27 WEEKS AGO

    The Next Dominant Backrow?

View All

Player Features

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Sarah Mckenna plays crossbar challenge with cheeky drop goal

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Capuozzo shows class with 'superman' flying finish

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Slade out and Lions star in as England injuries cause changes

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Josh Bassett signs for new premiership team after short stay at Harlequins

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Exeter fly half to depart for France

View All