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#21 Bulliac

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 12:01 PM

I seem to remember in the days of winter rugby you'd often see a slightly built full-back catch the ball after a 5th tackle kick, run it in a good 30m or so before "slipping" over just as they approached the opposition defensive line, presumably to avoid getting pummelled......I always thought that was a voluntary tackles of sorts though you don't see so much of it these days

The ones you see today tend to be close to the lines where players in possession dive down at, or close to, the [would be] tacklers legs, either to avoid being pushed into touch or to get over the goal line and avoid conceding a drop out. They may not be the 'classics' but the player in pssession is choosing, in his best interests, where he wants the ref to call "held" and where the play stops, so it's about as voluntary as it gets, to be honest. Strangely, these people are congratualted on TV for their 'brilliant' play, by Stevo et al.


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#22 Roy Boy

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 02:57 PM

To my mind it's down to the tacklers to hold off and not touch the player going to ground - If they stopped and stood clear then it would be more blatant and easy to spot!

Soon as they lay a hand on then the tackles complete (despite what the rules may state!)


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#23 Griff

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 05:56 PM

Well that was a very logical response to a valid statement, can't say that I expected anything other than that.

 

The point I was making is that, if we'd had six tackle rugby back in the day whenever the voluntary tackle rule was invented, we wouldn't have had a voluntary tackle rule.  People would have just seen it as wasting a tackle out of the set of six.


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#24 Bulliac

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 09:11 AM

The point I was making is that, if we'd had six tackle rugby back in the day whenever the voluntary tackle rule was invented, we wouldn't have had a voluntary tackle rule.  People would have just seen it as wasting a tackle out of the set of six.

Except when it prevents conceding a drop out or being forced into touch..


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