Joy Neville - International Player to WC Final Ref P1
August 25, 2017
Law Talk - Offside @ Lineout
August 29, 2017
Law 19.15 Offside when not taking part in the line-out (a) A player who is not taking part in the line-out is offside if that player oversteps the offside line before the line-out has ended. Sanction: Penalty kick on the offending team’s offside line opposite the place of infringement, at least 15 metres from the touchline.
Law 19 Line-out Definitions
Players taking part in the line-out known as participating players. Players taking part in the line-out are the player who throws-in and an immediate opponent, the two players waiting to receive the ball from the line-out and the line-out players. All other players. All other players who are not taking part in the line-out must be at least 10 metres behind the line of touch, on or behind their goal line if that is nearer, until the line-out ends. Sanction: Penalty kick on the offside line, at least 15 metres from the touchline
What was Notshe's status?
Notshe was not participating in the line-out, not one of the five, not JJ van Rensburg, Eben Etzebeth, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Nizaam Carr nor Frans Malherbe. Those five Stormers are participating in the line-out.
Notshe then is amongst "All other players". He is required to be 10 metres behind the line of touch - which is the line between the two lines of players participating in the line-out.
Notshe is over his offside line while Mbonambi's throw is still in the end.
When Notshe gets to Etzebeth, the line-out is still not over.
Law 19.9 Beginning and ending a line-out (b) line-out ends. The line-out ends when the ball or a player carrying it leaves the line-out. This includes the following: When the ball is thrown, knocked or kicked out of the line-out, the line-out ends. When the ball or a player carrying the ball moves into the area between the 5-metre line and the touchline, the line-out ends. When a line-out player hands the ball to a player who is peeling off, the line-out ends. When the ball is thrown beyond the 15-metre line, or when a player takes or puts it beyond that line, the line-out ends. When a ruck or maul develops in a line-out, and all the feet of all the players in the ruck or maul move beyond the line of touch, the line-out ends. When the ball becomes unplayable in a line-out, the line-out ends. Play restarts with a scrum.
None of these things had happened to end the line-out.