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I was wondering, what happens if a player fumbles the ball immediately before or after the referee indicates a set restart? Is the advantage still with the side in possession?

This may have happened in a match already.

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I have seen instances of a team in possession losing the ball immediately after a set restart has been called.

They were penalised just as any team would be for a lost ball (in the ruck) or knock on.  I don't think that the set restart would have any grace period of advantage as a knock on or a penalty does.

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24 minutes ago, Dunbar said:

I have seen instances of a team in possession losing the ball immediately after a set restart has been called.

They were penalised just as any team would be for a lost ball (in the ruck) or knock on.  I don't think that the set restart would have any grace period of advantage as a knock on or a penalty does.

Yeah that definitely seems to be the case. Was either the Canberra or Bulldogs game last week where 6 again was signalled for offside and the hit up that was simultaneously unfolding was dropped cold and it was just ruled as any normal knock on. I guess that's an example where the 6 again definitely offers an advantage in terms of speed/fatigue but no actually advantage period. 

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9 hours ago, hindle xiii said:

I was wondering, what happens if a player fumbles the ball immediately before or after the referee indicates a set restart? Is the advantage still with the side in possession?

When the tackled player loses control of the ball at the ruck, 6-again can`t be called. It has to be a penalty, if the ref deems the tackler guilty of an offence.

This is why refs are waiting until the ball has been played (or rolled in the UK) before signalling 6-again. Which makes it hard for them to make verbally clear the precise nature of the offence. Their mind has to be on the continuing play.

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