Clip 5 – 7 September 2018 - Law 10
After Chiliboy Ralepelle has scored a try and the conversion is missed, Louis Fouché of the Cheetahs kicks off. The Sharks are under pressure when they eventually retrieve the ball.
Schreuder passes it to Ralepelle, who passes it to Curwin Bosch, who slings a long pass to his right, straight to Robert du Preez. Tyler Paul of the Sharks is some metres in front of Du Preez who runs forward with the ball.
Gerhard Olivier of the Blue Bulls moves towards Du Preez and Paul moves towards Olivier. Du Preez runs behind Paul, i.e. on the side of Paul away from Olivier.
The referee penalises Paul for obstruction.
After Louis Fouché goals the penalty, the Sharks kick off long. Fouché catches the ball and passes it to centre Tertius Kruger who runs ahead with the ball.
There is a group of players, Louis Conradie of the Cheetahs and Tyler Paul and John-Hubert Meyer of the Sharks. Kruger's route takes him to the group in such a way that Conradie is between Kruger and Paul and Meyer. The referee penalises Conradie for obstruction.
In each case, the obstructive player - Paul in the first incident and Conradie in the second incident - is ahead of a team-mate who has the ball, in other words in an offside position.
Law 10 OFFSIDE AND ONSIDE IN OPEN PLAY
1. A player is offside in open play if that player is in front of a team-mate who is carrying the ball or who last played it. An offside player must not interfere with play. This includes:
- Playing the ball.
- Tackling the ball-carrier.
- Preventing the opposition from playing as they wish.
In each case, Paul and Conradie prevent opponents from playing as they wish - namely to tackle the ball-carrier.
The cases are similar, the decisions correct and consistent.