Just a reminder (extracted from a 10/5/2017 message from the MARR Chair):
Bottom line, ensure you identify all the front row capable players before the game (and include them in the pre-match safety brief). If you have a roster limit due to front row eligible players, you can address it prior to the match.
Law 3.5 (b)
If you have 3 front row players, you get zero subs.
If you have 4 front row eligible players, you get up to 3 subs TOTAL or a roster up to 18.
If you have 5 front row eligible players, you get up to 7 total subs or a roster up to 22.
If you have 6 front row eligible players, you get up to 8 total subs or a full roster of 23.
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On Thu, Oct 5, 2017 at 2:21 PM, Richard Every <firstname.lastname@example.org>, USAR High Performance Referee Manager wrote:
There have been a lot of positives already– the new tackle trial that a ruck forms when a player on their feet is positioned over the ball has created more space and structure. The only negative appears to be where defenders approach, make contact, and then attempt to gain possession with their hands. This means a few more “hands in” PK’s than we normally see, but hopefully players will adjust over time.
A few things to focus on:
When you anticipate the scenario above, you could call “RUCK NO HANDS”, and it may prevent a PK.
We see a lot of referees commenting in their reports to “Let it breathe”. That is a good approach especially if you had a full season of Sevens and are struggling to make the transition to Fifteens. Please focus to differentiate between “let it breathe” and allowing defenders to slow down the recycle. This is noticeable as we see some referees over-managing, with too much talking. Often, when you communicate to defenders to do something, like “Release” or “Roll Away”, they have already achieved their goal in slowing down the recycle.
i. Both teams should be stationary and square before each call.
ii. LH props to keep the inside should in line and not tucked.
iii. LH to bind on the back or side – not under the TH.
iv. TH to bind on the back or side – not on the LH arm.
v. DO NOT RUSH the Bind-Set. It takes patience and focus to get this right.
WALKING AROUND: Teams need to be pushing forward. Walking around, spinning the scrum on its axis should be penalized.
TIME WASTING: We have seen a few matches where players waste time, to form lineouts, scrums, and so forth. Be up to date on your Laws:
- Conversion Kicks: 90s – time elapsed the kick is disallowed.
- Penalty/Free Kicks: 60s – time elapsed the kick is disallowed and a scrum is awarded to the opposition.
- Scrum: Ready to “Crouch” within 30s – Free Kick, if it is repeated, Penalty Kick.
- Lineout: Teams are required to form a lineout. If they delay, you request they form the lineout (this includes teams that lineout a distance away and walk into the lineout). If they do not comply, Free Kick. If they repeat this action, Penalty Kick.
From: Richard Every
Date: Fri, Sep 8, 2017 at 11:35 AM
[This is an excerpt since we’ve all seen the video and know the new law.]
If a player has to step with one leg over the ball, they would be a prone target to be cleared out.
AT THIS TIME, in the USA, WE WILL DO THE FOLLOWING, until further clarification:
If, at a tackle, a player on their feet positions themselves over the ball, a ruck is formed. That means, your body has to be over the ball. It should be in a controlled manner, and both legs can still be on your side of the ball and they may grasp their player that is on the ground. Try not to over-complicate it.
If that player then decides to play the ball, they have to step back so they are no longer over the ball, then play the ball coming through the gate.
If, after they have formed the ruck, they pick up the ball in that ruck-forming position, it is a PK against them for hands in.
Reported 2017-2018 season schedules and assignments (link).
Schedules were due by 2/1/18 for Spring 2018. Fall schedules are due by 8/1/18 for Fall 2018. As always, use the procedure at https://rugbyrefs.us/match-submissions/ to submit your games. Referee contact info can be found above at About Us/Match Referees.