SPIRO: Waratahs might have to win the finals without Latu and Skelton

Yeah well, that's a very valid point Jerry. They're both just as likely to rubbed out for the rest of the season as they are to be personally chauffeured to the airport...

17 hours ago
SPIRO: Waratahs might have to win the finals without Latu and Skelton

I would imagine the hips are the 'equator' for the purposes of the law, and everything north of that is "upper body". And though I said yesterday that I thought Skelton might be OK, the wording of Law 10.4(j) - which is what he's been judged to have contravened - could easily apply to Skelton's part in the tackle, too. Law 10.4(j): "Lifting a player from the ground and dropping or driving that player into the ground whilst that player’s feet are still off the ground such that the player’s head and/or upper body come into contact with the ground is dangerous play." The key words in that, I think, are "Lifting a player from the ground and dropping or driving that player" and "whilst that player’s feet are still off the ground". Now, even without Latu, Skelton does lift Whitelock; it's clear in the clip. And though I thought initially he let go as Latu continued to drive up and over, Skelton does maintain a grasp all the way through the downward motion. That could easily be enough to earn some time off. What is going to be interesting come 3:30pm today is how the Waratahs attempt to explain it all in such a way that defending one player doesn't throw the other under the bus. And then, as you rightly wonder, how the SANZAR judicial officer apportions blame to either or both players. I still think Latu is in the most trouble, but Skelton has reason to be nervous, too..

18 hours ago
SPIRO: Waratahs might have to win the finals without Latu and Skelton

Will, I'll just post what I replied with to Peter yesterday, who similarly thought Whitelock came down on his side... "...he did hit the ground tipped - only Whitelock putting his arm down stopped him being dropped on his shoulder. When his arm contacts the ground, his left leg is at about 8 o'clock, and his right is nearly vertical. Skelton might be OK, but Latu is in some trouble, I suspect.." Here's the Fox Sports clip: http://www.foxsports.com.au/rugby/super-rugby/match-centre/match-live?matchid=SRU20151504&videoid=SRU20151504_WAR_RSBIN

19 hours ago
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