Clip 2 - 15 November 2017 - Law 21

BaaBaa cunning!

The match is in its last seconds when the referee penalises Sam Cane of New Zealand for tackling Dillon Hunt of the barbarians without the ball. Scrumhalf Mitchell Drummond dawdles over to the place and has the ball near him as he seems to be tying a bootlace. Suddenly he turns the ball on its end on the ground and Robert du Preez comes forward and kicks the ball (off the ground) on a diagonal to his left where Vince Aso (11) of the Barbarians catches the ball. He grubbers ahead but Matt Duffie grabs the ball, immediately losing the ball forward into the arms of the Barbarian Luke Whitelock. White lock charges ahead and then gives the ball to his fullback, George Bridge, on his right - and Bridge races over for a try under the posts.

The referee takes time to consult the TMO before awarding the unusual try.

What about place-kicking a penalty?

Law 21.3 How the penalty and free kicks are taken
(a) Any player may take a penalty or free kick awarded for an infringement with any type of kick: punt, drop kick or place kick. The ball may be kicked with any part of the lower leg from knee to the foot, excluding the knee and the heel.

any type of kick .... or place kick.

This is not to be confused with kicking for touch.

Law 21.4 Penalty and free kick options and requirements
(e) Place kicking for touch. The kicker may punt or drop kick for touch but must not place kick for touch

Du Preez did not kick for touch.

But Drummond was in front of the kick.

Law 21.5 (i) Behind the ball. All the kicker’s team at a penalty or free kick must be behind the ball until it has been kicked, except the placer for a place kick.

Placer: A player who holds the ball on the ground for a team-mate to kick.

Drummond was a placer. advert