Clip 2 - 17 October 2019 - Law 17

After the Mark

Scotland kick high into Japan's 22 where wing Kotaro Matsushima, under pressure, calls for a mark. He is given a free kick. Boot makes contact with ball, and he passes back to his flyhalf Yu Tamura who kicks for touch. Finn Russell of Scotland catches the ball in touch, takes a quick throw-in for himself to gather and Scotland attack, eventually scoring a try when prop Zander Fagerson goes over.

Let's look at some law.

Law 17 RESTARTING PLAY AFTER A MARK
5. The player who claimed the mark takes the free kick (in accordance with Law 20).

Law 20 TAKING A PENALTY OR FREE-KICK
11. The ball must be kicked a visible distance. If the kicker is holding it, it must clearly leave the hands.

DEFINITIONS
Kick: An act made by intentionally hitting the ball with any part of the leg or foot, except the heel, from the toe to the knee, but not including the knee. A kick must move the ball a visible distance out of the hand, or along the ground.

Matsushima did not kick the ball. Could what happened afterwards be counted as advantage? No the ball must be brought into play with a kick. If a kick cannot be taken, then a scrum is awarded to the team claiming the mark,

Law 17
6. If the player is unable to take the free-kick within one minute, a scrum is awarded to the team in possession.  

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