Clip 5 - 4 November 2017 - Law 20

Look - one hand!

In the Under-21 final between Western Province and the Blue Bulls, the Western Province scrumhalf, Herschel Jantjies, is about to put the ball into a scrum five metres from the Blue Bulls' line. He puts the ball into the scrum with one hand. The referee is on the other side of the scrum and play goes on.

There is a law about putting the ball into a scrum, even though apparently it does not really matter how it goes in, where and in what direction.

We quote the whole of the relevant law - just to refresh memories.

Law 20.6 How the scrum half throws in the ball
Throw-in at the scrum

(a) The scrumhalf must stand one metre from the mark on the middle line so that player’s head does not touch the scrum or go beyond the nearest front row player.
Sanction: Free Kick
(b) The scrumhalf must hold the ball with both hands, with its major axis parallel to the ground and to the touchline over the middle line between the front rows, mid-way between knee and ankle.
Sanction: Free Kick
(c) The scrumhalf must throw in the ball at a quick speed. The ball must be released from the scrumhalf’s hands from outside the tunnel.
Sanction: Free Kick
(d) The scrumhalf must throw the ball in straight, but is allowed to align their shoulder on the middle line of the scrum, therefore allowing them to stand a shoulder width towards their side of the middle line.
Sanction: Free Kick
(e) The scrumhalf must throw in the ball with a single forward movement. This means that there must be no backward movement with the ball. The scrumhalf must not pretend to throw the ball.
Sanction: Free Kick

**(d) is a recent amendment. Their and them is referees to the scrumhalf.)

Look at (b). The Blue Bulls would probably have liked a free kick here.

If this stuff does not matter, it would possibly be better removed than cavalierly ignored.

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