Why rugby is handicapped by its own rules

sgmc81 Roar Rookie

By , sgmc81 is a Roar Rookie

 , ,

42 Have your say

    Dan Carter before suffering a torn adductor longus tendon (AFP Photo / WILLIAM WEST)

    Related coverage

    An out-of-pocket punter comes up with a fundamental reason why the game they play in heaven doesn’t get more free-to-air coverage.

    Question: “Why was that a penalty?”

    Answer: “Well, you see, when you get tackled, you must release the ball. That guy didn’t release the ball.”

    “Oh. Okay.”

    Score: 3-0.

    Q: “Why was that one a penalty?”

    A: “Well, you see, when the tackler has brought the ball carrier to the ground, he’s supposed to let go of him. But he didn’t let go of him in time.”


    Score: 3-3.

    Q: “Well, why was that just a penalty?”

    A: “Because, you see, in that scenario, both sets of players committed simultaneous infringements at the same breakdown.”

    Game over. Final score: 6-3.

    Q: “So if they’re all doing something wrong at the same time, then why’d the penalty go to team A instead of team B?”

    A: “I don’t know.”

    Echoing somewhere up in the commentary box, “From a technical perspective, you could say the visitors were very unlucky tonight. Some of those calls really could have gone either way…”


    G'day Roarers – you might have noticed that The Roar has received a little facelift! We've done all we can to ensure this upgrade doesn't cause any issues, but if you notice anything out of the ordinary when using the site, please get in touch.
    Reckon you know your rugby pretty well? Prove it by joining The Roar's 2017 Super Rugby tipping comp and show everyone just how well you know your stuff. Best of all, it's free to join!