New laws for Super 14 will take some getting used to

2007-12-15 00:00

SANZAR in the last week came up with a document to simplify the new experimental law changes that are going to be used in the Super 14 in 2008. The top coaches, referees and administrators met in Sydney a fortnight ago and hopefully it will eradicate the different interpretations that seem to have been making the rounds in the past couple of months.

The most controversial statement was made this week since there will now be an offside line running across the field of play as a tackle is being made. That will mean retiring players can only be put on-side when they retire to the on-side line or a fellow team-mate makes another tackle. In the past we often heard the referee shout: “No offsides! It’s only a tackle.” Well that is a thing of the past. The arriving players must still enter through the gate at the tackle, which now makes more sense with the inception of this law. The penalty for this infringement will remain a penalty. This will be an extremely difficult law to apply and I can see a lot of controversy arising in the Super 14 this year.

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