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Clearest Penalty Try Ever
Posted by southstander on September 03 2007 - 10:32:00


The Bradford Bulls cry babies are once again howling 'cheat' from the rooftops.

Another derby game, and another so-called controversial decision, which the Bovines believe has robbed them of a victory.

All that it shows, on this occasion, is their ignorance of the rules!

Read more here....

The controversy rages over the penalty try awareded by video referee Richard Silverwood after Matt Diskin had the ball stripped from his grasp in the act of scoring. Diskin had crossed the line with at least one Bulls player attached to his legs and as he fell to the floor to ground the ball it was stolen by the a further Bulls defender.

According to the rules there has never been a more clear cut penalty try.

The Rules of Rugby Football League state;

Section 6 (d) the referee may award a penalty try if, in his opinion, a try would have been scored but for the unfair play of the defending team.

Section 11 - Note 9 When a player steals the ball from a player on whom he is effecting a tackle, play will be allowed to continue. Where two or more players are effecting the same tackle - irrespective of whether all but oe 'drops off' the tackle, and the ball is subsequently taken from the tackled player, a penalty will be awarded against the player or players effecting the tackle.

Interpreted as; the referee may award a penalty try if an incident which would lead to a penalty is perpetrated in the act of scoring. Stealing the ball in a two-on-one tackle would result in a penalty.

The officials got it 100% right, the Bulls fans are sore losers (or in this case drawers).



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