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Posted by: B4thB4ck
Date: 16/11/2019 09:21
Good points, the ruck is the wild west. Of course if you are over the ball on your feet it is the head which sticks forward and is vulnerable. Hard to think of a way to improve it but I would say that releasing the ball immediately would help. This trend of giving the tackled player more time to place the ball whilst wriggling and rolling around only allows support to come in from further away with momentum whilst the first defender who wasnt allowed to pick up the ball awaits the inevitable car crash moment.

I must admit you’ve got to have balls of steel to be a modern day jackal. Like the article said, two 100kg blokes coming at you to smash you back and you are ferreting about trying to steal a ball that has been “placed / held” is brave.

Just picking up.on this a bit further, so the tackled player should release the ball immediately when they go to ground. Refs used to penalise the extra roll over the ball and wriggle with no release but now don't which gives supporting attackers time to hit rucks from extra distance which means more momentum and more chance of injury to the defenders.

If you charge in to clear out from several metres going off your feet seems inevitable.

The flow of the game looks better because there is more retention of the ball over phases. It feels to me that some players are paying a price for the sake of a better game to watch.

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