It Happened to Me

The following scenarios have happened to our members.

Subject In goal
Situation The ball is kicked by the attacking team and stops in the in goal. A player from each team is racing to get to the ball first. The defending player wins the race but hasn’t got time to ground the ball so he kicks the ball over the dead ball line. 22 or 5 metre scrum?
Decision 22 drop out. All that matters is who put the ball in the in goal. Who makes it dead is immaterial.
Subject In goal
Situation There is a defending scrum 5 metres out from the goal line. The defending team wins the ball. The halfback throws a dive pass to his fullback. The fullback completely misses the ball and it goes over the dead ball line without being touched. 5 metre scrum or penalty for throwing the ball out?
Decision 5m scrum.
Subject Water runners
Situation Knox ahead by 7 points mid way through first half, hot and dusty field. Knox awarded a penalty under the black dot, 20 meters out. As the kicking tee comes on, carried by a guy with a water bottle, another manager runs on to half way with 3 bottles. Referee objects to having 2 water boys on while the kick is being taken. Orders off the second one who walks slowly back to the sideline. Ref then reverses the penalty and awards it to Liverpool ??
Decision The ref's call.
Subject Uncontested scrums in School games
Situation In uncontested scrums, I understand that the No.8 cannot take the ball away from the back of the scrum. I reffed on Saturday for Shore School 4ths and had occasion to introduce uncontested scrums when a Joeys prop left the field. I explained the rules of the uncontested scrums but neglected to mention the No.8 taking the ball away. Of course, first scrum the Shore No.8 took the ball away. As the Shore boy did this in good faith, I elected to allow play to continue and then allowed this situation to occur for the rest of the match. I would like the group's opinion of my decision, and also what restrictions are placed upon the respective halves in these circumstances.
Decision The number 8 may play the ball. No special restrictions apply to half backs.
Subject Hands in Ruck
Situation I gave a pre-game speech re when I call a ruck there must be no hands in the ruck. During the game I called ruck. The LAST player in the ruck disengaged (ie unbound) and picked up the ball which was at his feet. What do I do? Do I penalise him for hands in the ruck? Or is the ball out and hence it is no longer a ruck?
Decision If last man then OK as long as not bound by other players when picking up the ball.
Subject Maul
Situation A maul crosses the goal line and stops moving but the attackers in possession can not ground the ball. It is ripped by a team mate who dives and grounds it. Is it a try?
Decision If the action is within the short time usually given for a ball to come out of a stationary maul then OK; otherwise it was held up. The meeting felt that 4 seconds was about the right time.
Subject Lineout numbers
Situation At a lineout the throwing side receiver pretended to join the lineout and then stopped. His opposite did join to oppose him. Were numbers laws breached?
Decision The Law states that the non-throwing team needs to be given time to match numbers and if he joined as a result of the throwing team's pretence and was not afforded time to leave then he is not in the wrong: PLAY ON
Subject Deliberately slowing play at penalty kick / free kick
Situation Captain deliberately slowing down play at a quick PK/FK by approaching referee
Decision Easy ways to do this were: call out "play on" and advise the captain to "move back! You are offside!" If the reason has already been signalled then you have the right to let play continue quickly.
Subject Dangerous Tackle
Situation Ball kicked, defenceless receiver waiting for ball. Kicking team player on-side ran through and pushed waiting player to the ground with intent but without malice and without injury apparent to the ref. Should advantage be played?
Decision If a tackle is dangerous then it is YELLOW CARD or more. Just because a tackle is late or early does not mean it is dangerous. If there was no issue of safety then advantage should be played. In this instance the early tackle did not appear to be dangerous [but it was illegal under obstruction law, not tackle law].
Subject Interchange of Players
Situation Many players are being interchanged in a game and the ref thinks an unfair advantage is being created. What should he do?
Decision The SJRU Competition Rules allow for unlimited interchange. However, Ref does control when the players can interchange and only when ball is dead (scrum or lineout). From 2011 and for U15 and up, there are just two scheduled interchange opportunities per half.
Subject Fair catch
Situation Blue kick deep toward red 22; red player stationary takes catch and calls Mark; whistle blows play stops and teams move toward respective positions; referee arrives at 'Mark' to realise red player was outside 22m. What is the right decision?
Decision Scrum to Blue at the mark as the 'attacking team' as it could not be said that either team was moving forward prior to stoppage.
Subject In goal
Situation The attacking blue team knocked on just before the goal line. The ball was propelled over the goal line by blue. A red player in-goal picked up the ball and went for a clearing kick which was then charged down (in goal) by a blue player. From the charge down, the ball went touch in goal.
Decision No advantage, so scrum to red.
Subject Touch in goal
Situation Blue team kicked the ball downfield. The ball was retrieved by red player 1m out from his line. The red player was immediately tackled by a blue player but managed to get a pass away to another red player who took in goal. While in goal, the red player went for a clearing kick which was charged down by a blue player. From the charge down (off the blue player) the ball went touch in goal (dead)
Decision 5m scrum to blue
Subject Line Out
Situation I had a lineout with the throwing team having fewer numbers and then the ball was not thrown straight. Which offence do I penalise?
Decision The numbers offence is committed first and the throwing team should be awarded a free kick.
Subject Off side
Situation : A player from blue team in the in-goal area was passed the ball from the end of a line out that just occurred 10m from blue player's goal line. A red player came through to charge the ball down but did not touch the ball. The blue player did a very bad kick right back into the end of the line out. Blue was attempting to kick the ball out. The ball hit a player (not sure if it was blue or red). The ball rebounded back into the in-goal and the original red player that attempted to charge down the kick grounded the ball in the in-goal.

I called it a try. I said it was general play from a charge down kick. I had an unqualified touch judge and not sure which player the rebound came off.

Looking at the rule book you could say that if the blue kicker kicked the ball into a blue player then it would be offside by blue. If the blue player kicked the ball into a red player, it would be a charge down kick. However only the kicker's team is put on side if a charge down occurs, NOT the red players in front of the red player who charged down the kick. ie. the red player in the in-goal area. The red player in the in-goal would be offside.
Decision The correct ruling should have been; if the ball was charged down by a red player a penalty to blue team 10m from goal line because that is where the offside line was. If the blue player kicked the ball into his own player, it would be accidental offside by blue and play advantage to red and try would still hold.