Rugby Penalties And Fouls
Rugby Penalties And Fouls
Mike Schmid (Director of Rugby, Esher RFC) gives expert video advice on: What is a foul or penalty?; What is a penalty goal?; Why would someone get sin binned? and more...
What is a foul or penalty?
A penalty in rugby is any infraction that the referee deems against the laws of the game. It results in the unoffending team having either a free kick, free possession, free kick to touch or a chance at kicking for three points.
What is a penalty goal?
Mike Schmid: Penalty goal occurs from a penalty situation where the goal kicker thinks he is able to kick the ball between the uprights or the goal posts and that will award his team three points.
Why would someone get sin binned?
Somebody would get sin binned because the referee has deemed that they are either a repeat offender or their infraction is serious enough to warrant them receiving a yellow card, which means they get to spend 10 minutes off the field.
Why would someone get sent off?
You get sent off either with a yellow card, where you get sent off for ten minutes, or receiving a red card, which is a permanent sending off, where the player will play no further part in the game. That would have to be either a player receiving a second yellow card, or a an offense serious enough that the referee deems the player to take no further participation in the match whatsoever, such as a punch, a fight, or illegal use of the boot. One of those things would end your day as a player.
What is a knock on?
A knock on occurs when the player either receiving the ball or has the ball in his hands loses that ball forward. So if the ball moves forward from his hands either towards another player or on contact with the ground, the referee will call that a forward pass or a knock on.
What is a high tackle?
Tackling in rugby union is supposed to be at shoulder level or below. So a high tackle is anything above that or something that the referee deems dangerous in that one arm or more arms are above the level of the opponent's shoulders.
What is a forward pass?
A forward pass will occur when one player is trying to pass the ball to his teammate, but that pass is not lateral or backwards. It is forward, and the referee will blow that up for a scrum.
What is offside?
Offside can occur in a few situations. Basically, offside is a player that is an infraction in front of the ball. Offside can also occur on a kick, where players are advancing in front of their own player that has kicked the ball. The player would then be offside as well.
What is hand in the ruck?
In a ruck situation, the ball is on the floor. The only pair that's allowed to pick that ball up, legally, is your scrum half. So the ball needs to be at the back of that ruck before it is moved. Quite often, teams competing for the ball will use their hands illegally in that ruck sense. So once the ball is on the floor, hands off, or else it's a hands in penalty.