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Law discussion: Scotland´s line-out try

In keeping with the spirit of November's Tests in 2018, there is debate about a refereeing decision - this time the awarding of a try to Scotland's Hamish Watson after a line-out five metres from South Africa's goal-line.

Embrose Papier of South Africa kicks and Stuart Hogg of Scotland comes racing away with the ball down the left flank. He chips ahead well into the South African 22 where there is an empty space. Willie le Roux of South Africa races towards the ball and, getting there before Hogg, flykicks it into touch conceding a line-out to Scotland five metres from the South African line.

The Scots line up with flank Watson as their receiver. Gordon Reid is at the front of the Scottish line of line-out players with Steven Kitshof...

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Law discussion: Scotland´s line-out try

In keeping with the spirit of November's Tests in 2018, there is debate about a refereeing decision - this time the awarding of a try to Scotland's Hamish Watson after a...

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Law discussion: Scotland´s line-out try

Law discussion: Scotland´s line-out try

In keeping with the spirit of November's Tests in 2018, there is debate about a refereeing decision - this time the awarding of a try to Scotland's Hamish Watson after a line-out five metres from South Africa's goal-line.

Law discussion: Similar incidents treated differently

Law discussion: Similar incidents treated differently

They are different matches with different referees, and similar incidents are treated differently. By Paul Dobson, Moonsport.

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Clip 6 – 12 November 2018 - Law 15

Clip 6 – 12 November 2018 - Law 15

Adam Hastings, Scotland's flyhalf, collects a kick and runs forward. Justin Tipuric and Ken Owens of Wales tackle him. Cory Hill of Wales and Ben Toolis of Scotland make contact above...

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Clip 5 – 9 November 2018 - Law 14

Clip 5 – 9 November 2018 - Law 14

Ross Moriarty of Wales breaks but Alex Dunbar (12) of Scotland tackles him from behind and brings him to ground. It is a tackle. Law 14.1: For a tackle to occur, the ball-carrier...

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Clip 4 – 8 November 2018 - Law 15

Clip 4 – 8 November 2018 - Law 15

Things happen quickly, and in this clip, the order of events is important. Hamish Watson charged ahead and was tackled by Gareth Davies with some help from Ken Owens. Ken Owens immedi...

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