Mind Bending

There was a moment of controversy in the Reds v Hurricanes Super Rugby game in Brisbane at the weekend.

TJ Perenara talked the referee Angus Gardner into changing his mind about a decision – pretty much a first I suspect.

Quite often refs change their minds when the TMO or assistants point something out, but rarely do they listen to a player’s argument.

It revolved around TJ appearing to take a quick tap and diving over the line without actually tapping the ball first. The TMO saw this and Angus, quite rightly then disallowed the try.

He awarded the resultant scrum to the Reds until TJ argued it should still be the Canes penalty.

Gardner: ”Let me explain. Live, I thought you had tapped the ball. The TMO had reviewed it before the kick which is absolutely legal. You didn’t tap the ball.

Perenara: ‘That’s fine. That’s but why is it their ball. It would still be our penalty wouldn’t it?

Gardner: ”Yeh, that’s a fair point.’’


Actually it isn’t – the law is straight forward –

21.3 How the penalty and free kicks are taken

(a) Any player may take a penalty or free kick awarded for an infringement with any type of kick: punt, drop kick or place kick. The ball may be kicked with any part of the lower leg from knee to the foot, excluding the knee and the heel.

(b) Bouncing the ball on the knee is not taking a kick.

Sanction: Any infringement by the kicker’s team results in a scrum at the mark. The opposing team throws in the ball.

(c) The kicker must use the ball that was in play unless the referee decides it was defective.

Sanction: Any infringement by the kicker’s team results in a scrum at the mark. The opposing team throws in the ball.

Clearly it should have been a scrum to the Reds!

Smart work by Perenara to put doubt in the ref’s mind  – the scrum half will undoubtedly be playing against the Lions in the summer – with the Hurricanes and the All Blacks (possibly off the bench) in 4 consecutive matches.

Warren Gatland’s men will have to watch him – he’s obviously a clever sod!

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