Clip 1 - 27 July 2018 - Law 10

After the Sharks have scored a converted try, the Stormers kick off deep. It reaches the Sharks' flyhalf, Robert du Preez, and he kicks.

But Johan du Toit, the Stormers' loose forward charges the kick down. The ball ends up in the Sharks' in-goal where Du Toit chases after it and grounds it just before it goes into touch-in-goal.

The referee causes consternation by penalising Du Toit instead of awarding a try.

It is what happens immediately after the charge-down. The ball does not go forward off Du Toit but backwards behind him. It then strikes Raymond Rhule (11) low down and flies forward into the Sharks' in-goal where Du Toit scuttles after it and dives on it.

Law 10.1: A player is offside in open play if that player is in front of a team-mate who is carrying the ball or who last played it. An offside player must not interfere with play. This includes:

  • a. Playing the ball.
  • b. Tackling the ball-carrier
  • c. Preventing the opposition from playing as they wish.

Du Toit was in front of Rhule when Rhule played the ball.
Du Toit played the ball.
Du Toit was offside.

The sharp-eyed referee was right.

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