Joy Neville - International Player to WC Final Ref P1
August 25, 2017
Law Talk - Basics at the Breakdown
September 13, 2017
Tackler: Player(s) who affect the tackle Tackled: The player with the ball when the tackle takes place Arrival: Players who are not the tackler, potentially a player contesting for possession
1: THE TACKLER AND 2: ASSIST TACKLER
Ensure that the tackler releases the tackled, and makes a clear attempt to roll away.
Focus on the ‘assistant tacklers’ (not to be confused with arrivals) meaning that any defensive player that assists with the tackle is required to show a clear release of the tackled player.
This is crucial because often assistant tacklers think of themselves as arrivals, but if they assist with the tackle - and do not clearly release the tackled player - they cannot then claim “I’m on my feet”, when then being penalised for trying to steal possession.
3. THE TACKLED PLAYER
The tackled player must release or place the ball.
4. THE CONTEST
All arrivals (that is any player who is not a tackler or tackled) are treated equally whether they be offensive or defensive.
Offensive arrivals (primarily players clearing out) must not act dangerously when doing so, and not then seal off the ball – ZERO TOLERANCE IS GIVEN TO PREVENTING THE CONTEST.
A series of key points apply here:
Arriving players must stay on their feet
Defensive arrivals (such as openside flankers) have all the rights to the ball if they are on their feet, through the gate and survive a possible clean out.
Rugby is about the contest, effectively with every tackle the opposition team must in theory have the opportunity to turnover possession.