Clip 4 – 19 March 2019 - Law 8

Points count! A penalty try guarantees seven points, a try five points with the opportunity to get another two if the goalkick is successful.

Elton Jantjies of the Lions grubbers, and Joaquín Díaz Bonilla, the Jaguares flyhalf, sets up a counterattack. Ruan Vermaak of the Lions is penalised at a tackle and Díaz Bonilla kicks out for a five-metre lineout.

Julián Montoya throws in, Matías Alemanno catches the ball and a maul is formed. The Jaguares drive the maul towards the Lions' line.

Just short of the line, the maul is collapsed and the referee declares that it has been done illegally, identifying prop Carlü Sadie of the Lions as the guilty party, but the referee plays advantage for the infringement which would be penalised.

Eventually, Montoya grounds the ball.

The referee wishes to award a try but consults the TMO, saying: "My onfield decision is a try. Please, advise otherwise. If not. I'm coming back for a penalty against Number 3 - sorry, for a penalty try for collapsing the moving maul by Number 3, if not a try."

There are replays, as Díaz Bonilla misses the conversion.

Law 8.3: PENALTY TRY
A penalty try is awarded between the goal posts if foul play by the opposing team prevents a probable try from being scored, or scored in a more advantageous position. A player guilty of this must be cautioned and temporarily suspended or sent off. No conversion is attempted.

Collapsing a maul is an aspect of foul play contained in Law 9.20, but the Jaguares scored a try. It was not a probable try; it was a real try.

Furthermore, the try was scored where it would have been scored without Sadie's illegal intervention. Scoring in a more advantageous position does not apply.

That means that the law concerning a penalty try does not apply at all.

The referee's decision to award the try is the correct one. The Jaguares got advantage - the scoring of the try.

The final score was 47-39. The extra two points would have given the Jaguares a losing bonus point.

It is the referee's job to apply the laws, which the referee did here. Hard luck is not written into the laws! 

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