Clip 3 – 5 April 2019 - Law 14

Patrick Tuipulotu, the Blues' lock, charges with the ball. Steven Kitshoff of the Stormers tackles him. Both go to ground.

First at the tackle is Herschel Jantjies, the Stormers' scrumhalf. He bends down to get the ball. Alex Hodgman (1) of the Blues charges straight to Jantjies to drive him away from the ball. The referee penalises Hodgman for "side entry".

This incident is a good example of tackle events.

First:

Law 14: REQUIREMENTS FOR A TACKLE

  • For a tackle to occur, the ball-carrier is held and brought to ground by one or more opponents.
  • Being brought to ground means that the ball-carrier is lying, sitting or has at least one knee on the ground or on another player who is on the ground.
  • Being held means that a tackler must continue holding the ball-carrier until the ball-carrier is on the ground.

Law 14.4: PLAYERS IN A TACKLE

a. Tackled player
b. Tackler(s)
c. Others
ii Player(s) who arrive to contest possession in the tackle

There is a tackle, a tackled player and a tackler. And there is Jantjies, a player who arrives to contest possession in the tackle. And then Hodgman comes. Jantjies and Hodgman are "other players" - players at the tackle who are neither tackled not tacklers.

Law 14.8: Other players must
c. Arrive at the tackle from the direction of their own goal-line before playing the ball.

Jantjies comes from the direction of his goal-line.
Hodgman arrives from the direction of a touchline.

The referee was right to penalise Hodgman.

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