Clip 2 - 6 September 2017 - Law 17

Using it or losing it.

Western Province have a line-out five metres from the Cheetahs goal line. Ramone Samuels of Western Province throws in. JD Schickerling of Western Province goes up for the ball, catches it and brings it down. Western Province players gather around Schickerling for a maul, but initially the Cheetahs push the Western Province formation back.

At this stage the referee calls: Use it or lose it."

Western Province start moving forward and the referee calls: "Let's use it now."

Western Province drive on over the Cheetahs goal-line where Samuels drops to the ground. But the referee awards a scrum to the Cheetahs five metres from their line.

Chris van Zyl, the Western Province captain, asks for an explanation. The referee says: "I said use it. Use it or lose it."

Clearly unhappy, Van Zyl expresses his disbelief at the decision, which he is not entitled to do. The referee says: "I said use it and then you moved forward."

Law 17.6 Unsuccessful end to a maul
(d) When a maul remains stationary or has stopped moving forward for more than 5 seconds, but the ball is being moved and the referee can see it, a reasonable time is allowed for the ball to emerge. If it does not emerge within a reasonable time, a scrum is ordered.
(e) When a maul has stopped moving forward it may start moving forward again providing it does so within 5 seconds. If the maul stops moving forward a second time and if the ball is being moved and the referee can see it, a reasonable time is allowed for the ball to emerge. If it does not emerge within a reasonable time, a scrum is ordered.

The maul initially is moved backward. The referee calls "Use it."
The maul starts moving forward. The referee calls "Let's use it."
There are about two seconds between the first "Use it" and the forward movement of the maul.
The maul has started moving forward before the referee calls "Let's use it".
The referee lets the maul progress over the line and then awards the scrum.

for more than 5 seconds.

It moves forward in fewer than 5 seconds.

The referee may well have got his timing wrong.

Also:

a) why say Let's use it - why the Lets (Let us)? The referee is not required to use it. He could have said use it or lose it, as is customary. In other words his command is not clear enough.

b) why let the maul trundle on and over the line before stopping the play if it is his intention to have a scrum?

It would seem that the try should have been awarded 

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