Law Discussions


Law discussion: 'In the side'

EXCLUSIVE: rugby365 law guru Paul Dobson looks at another incident in the hotly contested Springboks versus All Black Test.

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Law discussion: Uncontested scrums

The Springboks played the All Blacks, and there were six uncontested scrums, apparently because the Springboks had no suitable substitute.

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Law discussion: PT & YC

Referees do not make laws but they are required to apply those others have made.

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Law discussion: Contact with the Ref

There were two incidents in the match between the Highlanders and the Chiefs on Saturday that gave rise to surprising comments by the commentators.

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Law Discussion: Catch at touchline

EXCLUSIVE: rugby365 law guru Paul Dobson looks at an interesting incident - interesting and complicated.

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Law discussion: A different ball

The Bulls played the Lions last Saturday and lost. Pierre Spies complained about the refereeing of the end-game.

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Law discussion: Any excuse?

EXCLUSIVE: rugby365 law guru Paul Dobson takes a look at what he feels is the 'muddled thinking of Australian referee Rohan Hoffmann.

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Law discussion: A luta continua

OPINION: rugby365's law guru Paul Dobson looks at the ongoing problems, following yet another round of ugly, dangerous scrumming.

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Law discussion: Offside in in-goal

There was an unusual penalty try at Newlands on Saturday when the Stormers played the Sharks, law expert Paul Dobson takes a closer look.

Scrum Watch

This is a bit late this week, which is a pity as there was some promising scumming last weekend which suggests that the scrum in rugby union football may survive after all.

Five Bones of Contention

There has been much angry shouting following the match between the Bulls and the Sharks on Saturday, with five bones of contention.

Law discussion: Mexican standoff

This occurs in rugby when one side wants to maul and the other refuses to join the fun, most obviously at a line-out.

Law discussion: Scrums vs high octane

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: rugby365 law guru Paul Dobson takes a look at scrums, the nadir of Super Rugby's Round Two action!

Law Discussion: Simultaneously

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: rugby365 law guru Paul Dobson takes a look at Bulls lock Grant Hattingh's almost try against the Hurricanes.

Law discussion: Getting it wrong

Super Rugby started this weekend past and the concentration was on the players and the surprising results rather than on anything referees did.

Law discussion: 2 YC = 1 RC

It happened twice this week - once in the Varsity Cup and once in Super Rugby. The one in Varsity Cup raised eyebrows.

Law Discussion: TMO phases

The score is 18-16 to England with five minutes or so left and England are on the attack. A try would make the game safe.

Law discussion: Prop suicide

Are prop forwards in the process of committing suicide, of making such a constant mess that they are in danger of being written out of the game?