Clip 1 - 2 August 2019 - Law 14

George Whitehead, the Griquas flyhalf, kicks ahead into the Blue Bulls 22. Manie Libbok (10) of the Blue Bulls gets the ball, evades Whitehead and races up the touchline on his right. Wilmar Arnoldi of Griquas tackles Libbok who falls to ground while Arnoldi holds him.

It is a tackle.

1. For a tackle to occur, the ball-carrier is held and brought to ground by one or more opponents.
2. 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.
3. Being held means that a tackler must continue holding the ball-carrier until the ball-carrier is on the ground.

Libbok comes to ground, holding the ball in front of his head - in a line of face, hand, and ball.

In that position he moves his body forward and curls round the ball.

Libbok is the tackled player. The laws lay down his duties.

Law 14.7: Tackled players must immediately:
a. Make the ball available so that play can continue by releasing, passing or pushing the ball in any direction except forward. They may place the ball in any direction.
b. Move away from the ball or get up.
c. Ensure that they do not lie on, over or near the ball to prevent opposition players from gaining possession of it.
Sanction: Penalty.

Libbok failed in a, b and c.

The referee was right to penalise him. advert