Clip 1 - 10 February 2017 - Law 10

Yellow card for an air tackle.

Adriaan Strauss of South Africa throws into a line-out. Lood de Jager of South Africa goes up high. Immediately Marco Fuser (4) of Italy drives into De Jager's thighs, causing the South African lock to fall heavily to ground.

The referee stops play immediately, consults his assistant and sends to Fuser to the sin bin.

Law 10.4 (e) A player must not tackle an opponent whose feet are off the ground.

This is a penalty which would not have existed when lifting was banned in the line-out and jumpers had to use their own power to get off the ground.

That decides that Fuser should be penalised.

Enough?

Law 10.5 SANCTIONS
(a) Any player who infringes any part of the Foul Play Law must be admonished, or cautioned and temporarily suspended for a period of ten minutes’ playing time, or sent-off.

Temporary suspension, i.e. yellow card, goes with a caution.

The referee has three options - warning, yellow card or red card. He chooses the yellow card.

It would seem from his discussion with his assistant that repeated infringement played a part in the decision to produce a card. This could well be an act that would merit a yellow card without any repeated infringement to add gravity.

This is a penalty that would not have existed in days when lifting in the line-out was not allowed and jumpers could not reach the vulnerable height that they reach today.

Mind you in these days there were no penalties for air tackles, no penalties for high tackles then either, at a time when high tackles were anything above the waist and not regarded as the best way to tackle. Now above the waist is the tackle of choice.

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