The Jump Issue
By Referees Department
Since the Jonny May jump players are following suit by using this tactic to dodge legitimate tackles.
The difference between a jump and a dive has been dealt with and can be viewed at https://www.sareferees.com/laws/view/2831539/
To illustrate the difference to determine whether the player’s airborne actions are “OK” or be sanctioned, the following clips are provided:
The #7 flank goes airborne just before two potential tacklers attempt to tackle him
- The player pushed himself vertically upwards with his legs and feet in an attempt to avoid been tackled
- Based on the definitions provided, his action should be seen as a JUMP
Therefore, the flanker should be penalised as he has placed himself, and potentially the tacklers as well, in a dangerous position
- Law 9.11: Players must not do anything that is reckless or dangerous to others
The #14 winger goes airborne just as an attempt is made to tackle him and scores a try in the corner.
- The player pushed himself horizontal to the surface with his arms and head leading
- Based on the definitions provided, his action should be seen as DIVING
- Diving in scoring a try is legal, therefore play-on and allow the try
A player will be safe if his actions are those like diving in a pool: Body horizontal, head, and arm/s leading.