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Explained: The new rugby laws for 2017

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    Posted: 06-Jan-2017 at 6:15am
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World Rugby announced new rules late last year that are now in effect in the new year. This is what you need to know.

Rugby has never been an easy sport to understand, especially since the numerous laws are changed each year.

It’s unlikely then that the casual fan will ever really be on top of all the rules.

Yet if there’s one thing World Rugby, the sport’s governing body, seems to understand it’s that they can perhaps compensate for confusion by making play quicker and more attractive.

And if the Lions – with Elton Jantjies and Lionel Mapoe at the heart – continue to thrill with their attacking rugby, the laws will certainly suit them.

These are 2017 most notable changes:

Law 5 – Time

The attacking team can now kick a penalty into touch after the clock has ticked past 80 minutes.

That means a side can set up an attacking line-up closer to the tryline without fearing that the referee will blow his whistle to end the game.

It’s also an attempt to crack down on defending teams slowing down the dying moments by conceding penalties on purpose.

Law 8 – Advantage

This could be a really fun one.

An attacking team is now allowed to pick the penalty spot they believe gives them the best chance of scoring points.

For example, the Sharks are 25 m away from the tryline on the left touchline when the Cheetahs concede a penalty.

The scrumhalf takes a quick tap and the Sharks progress to 22 m away closer to the middle of the field.

The referee decides there wasn’t enough advantage. Earlier, he’d take the attacking side back to the 25 m mark.

But now, the attacking captain can insist on the 22 m mark because it’s a better position to attack from.

Law 9 – Scoring methods

When an attacking side is awarded a penalty try, it automatically counts seven points.

There’s no need to take the conversion in front of the posts.

The change to this law is merely to speed up the game and not waste time with a conversion.

Law 3 – The number of players

Another law that will please the Lions, who pride themselves on their powerful scrum.

There will be no more uncontested scrums.

All scrums must be played with 16 players – 8 from each side.

Sides previously complained uncontested scrums undermined their strength in that aspect.

And that makes sense because why should a team with a dominant scrum pay the price for their opponent’s yellow cards or injuries?

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Ek dink die skrywer interpreteer die 3rde een verkeerd...uncontested scrums het OOK 16 spelers in...LOL!
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Hoe werk dit dan? As die een span soos die cheeters in laasjaar se Curriebeker 3 van sy Stutte verloor? Moet enige ander speler dan gaan stut sak en skrum? Dit kan bietjie gevaarlik raak, veral as daardie speler nog nooit voorry gespeel het nie.
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Nee, soos ek gese het, daar is steeds uncontested skrums in 'n situasie waar daar nie stutte beskikbaar is nie, al wat verander het aan die reel is dat jy met uncontested skrums nie van die voorries na die agterlyn mag skuif nie, al 8 moet in die skrum sak, al is dit uncontested.

So die skrywer interpreteer die reelverandering verkeerd
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Interesting laws, but all seems good.
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Originally posted by Transvaal Transvaal wrote:

Nee, soos ek gese het, daar is steeds uncontested skrums in 'n situasie waar daar nie stutte beskikbaar is nie, al wat verander het aan die reel is dat jy met uncontested skrums nie van die voorries na die agterlyn mag skuif nie, al 8 moet in die skrum sak, al is dit uncontested.

So die skrywer interpreteer die reelverandering verkeerd
O okay, dit maak sin, maar dit elimineer nog steeds nie die moontlikheid dat die spanne maak soos die Cheetahs en 3 van hulle stutte laat "seerkry" as die ander span hulle stukkend skrum nie en dan 'n week later speel 3 van die oorspronklike 4 stutte weer nie. 
Daar moet ernstig na so 'n situasie gekyk word en miskien moet hulle 'n reel maak wat bv se dat wanneer daar "uncontested" scrums in 'n wedstryd was, al die stutte wat "seergekry" het, mag nie die volgende wedstryd speel nie.
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Witboer wat jy se maak sin.
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I agree. Teams should be penalised if they "strategically" enforce uncontested scrums. However, when there is such a mismatch, that the weaker scrum gets destroyed, and goes backwards at a rate of knots, something needs to be done to prevent serious injuries occurring.

However, I think referees need a lot more education about scrumming. They have never played in any of the front row positions, so have no real idea of what happens there. If scrum laws are correctly enforced, and techniques properly coached and played, mismatched scrums will not be such an issue.
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And therefore the need for "strategic" uncontested scrums.
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