Clip 1 - 21 June 2019 - Law 9

The Crusaders throw the ball into a lineout. Kieran Read catches the ball and comes to ground where his players bind tightly around him with Scott Barrett and Sam Whitelock on either side of him.

The Crusaders group starts to move forward and Daniel Lienert-Brown (1) of the Highlanders plunges at Read in an attempt to bring him down. But the Crusaders move on and eventually are over the line where the referee awards a try.

In a soccer-sequel way, two of the Highlanders object that there had been obstruction.

Replays show that, while Barrett and Whitelock were next to Read, they were not in front of him and so the Highlanders had access to Read who was carrying the ball. There was no obstruction.

The referee was right to award the try, the Highlanders were wrong to protest, and, worse, some minutes afterwards the referee penalised Tom Franklin for "swearing at me". The objections and the swearing did not enhance the Highlanders' cause.

Law 9 MISCONDUCT
A player must not do anything that is against the spirit of good sportsmanship.
Players must respect the authority of the referee. They must not dispute the referee’s decisions. They must stop playing immediately when the referee blows the whistle to stop play.
Sanction: Penalty.

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