This is a great clip (and eventual try) from the Stormers v Hurricanes game on Friday night. One reader has asked whether it was legal for Jordie Barrett to tackle Stormers No 8 Nizaam Carr as he was going for the ball. Here’s the clip:
So, was it legal? Here are the law references to help:
and the “field of play” is defined as:
So the law book is quite clear here in that tackle law only fully applies in the field of play, so while you can bring a ball carrier to ground in-goal, it doesn’t constitute a fully legally constituted tackle, where tackler and tackled player have responsibilities. This is consistent in the same way that you cant have a ruck. maul or scrum in in-goal. Therefore, there’s no offence and all participants in this clip are legal.
We actually don’t see a tackle here anyway, but a fair contest for a loose ball, which Barrett ends up winning legally and dots the ball down. Good try! And a good referral to the TMO, Glenn Newman!