The new application of the brake-down law is a bit irritating. It is not so much the theory behind the new applications as the applications by the refs themselves that irritate me.
The emphasis is on the tackler rolling away and giving daylight before going for the ball. My problem is this what if the tackler do everything to the letter of the new applications and the ref still penalize them. This happened time and again this past weekend. I can remember Brussow and Habana being penalized for play within the law.
Although I would like to think so my brain tells me that not all the refs can be cheats. So it must be that it is now even more difficult for them to make the correct call. Personally I think the ref now has to look for to many infringements at the breakdown that he will miss a lot of what is happening. It is now even more complicated than last year and I see a lot of wrongly adjudged penalties this year. The heads at SANZAR is not the smartest bunch of people I know, (otherwise they would of been rocket scientists) but even they should be able to see that this new applications is driving fans and players mad.
Now I’m no rocket scientist either but it is as clear as daylight what should happend at the brakedown.
SANZAR wants more attacking rugby and they want to help the attacking team as far as possible to retain the ball and thus encourage more attacking rugby.
So it is easy: the tackled player can play the ball on the ground until a ruck is formed, thus giving him the edge until his mates arrives to help him. The tackler needs to roll away and is only allowed to go for the ball when he is back on his feet. Then you can forget about the daylight shit because every refs has a different opinion and how much daylight is enough.
This is simple and will work. The tackled player can hold on to the ball thus giving the attacking team the edge. If a guy like Brussow comes and ribs the ball of the tackled player then its fair game. No more stupid penalties; strongest guy wins.
But this is only my view and the laws can’t change until the next world cup.
ps. isn’t it just a bit funny that they wanted to change the laws this year so the called it the correct implementation of the existing laws. What a load of crap well we are the stupid ones falling for it. They changed the laws and it is new laws not new interpretations.
Hey Bryan I can like only blow what is sees.
Hey Craig jou ma se box can see more than you can.