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Obstruction decisions

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by ManlyBacker, May 14, 2009.

  1. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    I was watching NRL on Fox and they were discussing the obstruction rule and linking it to the way we have always understood the old shephard rule. That is, if you run behind one of your own players and the defense is at a disadvantage then it is an obstruction/shephard play.

    One thing that was discussed and I thought made sense for future rulings and for fans' clear understanding is if the player receives the ball and is on the inside of the player in front running the decoy (which means that they have to run behind him to continue the play) then that is an obstruction. They showed the Inglis try against Manly at the start of the Storm game and Inglis clearly receives the ball on the inside of the decoy runner who obstructs Watmough's view of the pass. I had my doubts about how 'clean' that play was when I first saw it but Inglis had so much room it looked acceptable. For mine looking at it again it should have been No Try as it was a deliberate shephard.

    Manly have been pinged for obstruction for years and this idea seems to make it it an easy assesment of the legality of a play.

    Any thoughts on this or better ideas?
     
  2. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    yeah I think that is a fair way of judging it
     
  3. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    This rule is an massive blight on the game - basically a player can make a bad read and track a player who doesn't get the ball, and then get bumped by the player and get a penalty. A bad read is a bad read and it shouldn't be rewarded.

    If an obstruction of one player standing between another takes place, fine, but very few of the disallowed tries actually take place.
     
  4. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

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    its probably the greyest rule out there and therein lies the problems
     
  5. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    I thought the disallowed Billy Slater try for Australia was a no try, but I am in the minority based on the Footy Show's thoughts. I can't see how a decoy runner can run into defenders and it is ok.
     
  6. KaZa

    KaZa Well-Known Member

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    i agree with warren smith as well

    easier to judge it that way.. but then again you may need a front on camera facing the goals.. NFL style.
     
  7. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Oh Warren Smith said it?

    Then no I no longer agree. haha
     
  8. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    I tried to keep that quiet hehheh
    I still like the basics of it though.
     

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