Clip 2 - 17 July 2019 - Law 12

Jean-Luc du Plessis kicks the ball pout five metres from the Blue Bulls line. Jaco Visagie throws in. Lood de Jager catches and gives to scrumhalf Embrose Papier who passes to Simphiwe Matanzima on his left. Matanzima is tackled.

Players gather and the ball comes back to Papier who is about five metres infield from his goal-line. Papier kicks and as he does so Chris van Zyl (5) of Western Province, both hands up, charges the kick down. The ball flies into the Blue Bulls in-goal and is spinning towards the dead-ball line as Van Zyl dives and Libbok foots the ball dead.

The referee orders a drop-out.


The most important point for deciding whether it could be a drop-out or a five-metre scrum is who took/put the ball into in-goal.

It was certainly not the Blue Bulks who were kicking the ball away from their in-goal.

The player who caused the ball to go into in-goal was Van Zyl of Western Province.


11. Apart from at a kick-off or restart kick, if the ball is played or taken into in-goal by an attacking player and is made dead by an opponent, play is restarted with a 22-metre drop-out.

Van Zyl was the attacking player.
Libbok was the opponent who made the ball dead.

The drop-out was certainly correct. advert