Dummy Half Passing Ball into Defending Player at Ruck

Please see below regarding the ‘dummy half passing the ball into a defending player in the ruck.

CCDJRL & CRL will take the same approach as the NRL and the NSWRL so please make yourself familiar with the interpretation below.

Dummy Half Passing Ball into Defending Player at Ruck

Over the course of the last season and, in particular, the last two rounds of the NRL Telstra Premiership, a trend has emerged of the dummy half deliberately passing the ball into a player from the defending team caught in and around the ruck with the sole intention of forcing a penalty from the referee. At present and, notwithstanding that the player from the defensive team is not actively involved in the play, referees are penalising the defending player for being offside in these circumstances.

Where a dummy half deliberately passes the ball into a defending player caught in and around the ruck who is not actively taking part in the play, such an act will be deemed to be contrary to the true spirit of the game and constitute misconduct under section 15(1)(i) of the Laws of the Game, and a penalty will be awarded against the attacking team.

 

This does not in any way absolve a defender of his responsibilities to clear the ruck and the defending team will still be penalised if it is deemed that they are interfering with play.




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