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I saw this video and I don't it is legal or not...

I saw this video and I don't it is legal or not? it seems to me he is not entering by the gate. 

sorry... it is in youtube... just add: /user/PoweradeIreland#p/u/10/shrQPoOp2PE to see it

Hi Pablo and anyone else looking at this question thread,

I've had a look and I think this is the video you were talking about:

Support Play At The Ruck.


All the best,

The Sportplan Team

Whether the attacking support player is coming in the gate is very marginal - I'd say he's just outside the players foot and so outside the gate. BUT the defender is supporting his weight on his hands over the tackled man and so he's off his feet.

The arriving player is fine, good ball presentation allows him that angle. I would ping the defending player for killing the ball. As mark says his body weight is support by his hands and essentially his legs on the defender as he was coached to. If he was the tackler he would need to disengage before competing for the ball, which he didnt.

I agree the defending players body position is very dubious with regards to whether he is supporting his own body weight - with this position if the ball is played immediately then I would tend to allow play to proceed but if he's just going to hang there not attempting to play the ball then penalise. The supporting attacking player is definitely coming in from the side and if you look at the positioning of his feet, these are a odds with the position of PO'Cs feet when demonstrating - PO'Cs right foot is actually behind the left whereas the player in the demo has his right foot in front meaning it appears initial contact is from the side.

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