Base of Post tries are no more

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Base of Post tries are no more

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World Rugby announces law amendment relating to scoring against the post protector
World Rugby has announced that, with immediate effect, it will no longer be possible to score a try by grounding the ball against the post protector.

12/05/2020 15:45

World Rugby has announced that, with immediate effect, it will no longer be possible to score a try by grounding the ball against the post protector.

The minor amendment to Law 8 was approved by the World Rugby Council during its special meeting held via teleconference on Tuesday and follows a recommendation by the international federation's Rugby Committee and specialist Laws Review Group.

With defending players currently legally obliged to stay behind the goal-line and post-protector shape and size increasing for welfare reasons, it is increasingly difficult for teams to legally defend this area.

In some extreme cases, post protectors have been lifted or moved by defending teams, leaving the posts exposed and therefore increasing the risk of injury.

The amended law will now read: The post protector is no longer an extension of the goal-line and therefore Law 8.2 (a) will read: A try is scored when the attacking player is first to ground the ball in the opponents’ in-goal.

World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: “World Rugby’s mission is to make the game as simple, safe and enjoyable to play as possible. This law amendment reflects that mission.

“By stipulating that an attacking team can no longer score against the post protector and therefore must ground the ball in-goal, this gives defending teams a fair chance of preventing a try from being scored.”
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8.2

A try is scored when an attacking player:

a) Is first to ground the ball in the opponents’ in-goal, against the opponents’ goal post or its surrounding padding.

a) Is first to ground the ball in the opponents’ in-goal.
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Makes sense.

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It is truly great to see the end of the scourge of "undefendable" tries be removed from our games. No more will we have to suffer the handful of tries per game week month season that devalue our game.
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Not the solution I was looking for but it is safer and more entertaining.

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You'd think they'd want to focus minds on delivering more tries through so called assistant referees actually policing an effective hindmost foot offside rule before bothering with this time waste

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TerenureJim wrote:You'd think they'd want to focus minds on delivering more tries through so called assistant referees actually policing an effective hindmost foot offside rule before bothering with this time waste
If they wanted to, they would. I think that they're happy with how the offside line is being policed, knowing two things. Firstly, having the teams closer together reduces impacts, and secondly, most people who watch rugby haven't a f%~king clue about the offside law anyway
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