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Laws of the Game: Grounding the Ball

Andrew Bryan NRL.com Thu, Mar 07, 2013 - 4:30 PM

NRL.com and NRL Referees Elite Performance Manager Daniel Anderson have worked together to bring you five videos to demonstrate the 2013 Laws and Interpretations of the game.

Daniel Anderson explains; the tackle, obstruction, grounding the ball, video referee and shoulder charge rules, while talking you through the referee decision making process with multiple examples of each incident.

Please note: The 2013 NRL season will be adjudicated in accordance with the current ‘The  Australian Rugby League Laws of the Game and notes on the laws’ with specific interpretations for NRL.

A player who has had possession or touches/touched the ball and knocks the ball forward must regain possession (catch, hold or grip) prior to the ball hitting the ground, another player, goal post or cross bar.

For the ball to be deemed grounded, pressure must be applied by the player’s fingers, hand, wrist, forearm or torso so as to create a reasonable influence on the plane of the ball including the spin, rotation, momentum or bounce.

Scoring a try

A try is scored when:

a. A player first grounds the ball in his opponents in goal

b. Opposing players simultaneously grounds the ball in the in-goal area

c. A tackled player’s momentum carries him into the opponents in goal where he grounds the ball.

Grounding

Grounding the Ball includes:

a. Placing the ball on the ground with hand or hands, wrist or forearm

b. Exerting a downward pressure on the ball in contact with the ground

c. Dropping on the ball and covering it with the front part of the body above the waist and below the neck.