Rugby

‘Our No.10s Must Make Use Of New Rugby Laws’ 

According to World Rugby, the 50:22 law means that if a player kicks the ball from their own half and it bounces into touch within the opposition’s 22, then the attacking team will receive a lineout.
16 Sep 2021 16:03
‘Our No.10s Must Make Use Of New Rugby Laws’ 
Napolioni Bolaca.

The new kicking laws mean that our first five eights must up their game, says a senior rugby official.

Fiji Rugby Union operation, manager Sale Sorovaki, made the comments following the introduction of the new 50:22 kicking law and goal-line dropout that were put into trial during this year’s Super Rugby and Rugby Championship.

 

What the law says

According to World Rugby, the 50:22 law means that if a player kicks the ball from their own half and it bounces into touch within the opposition’s 22, then the attacking team will receive a lineout.

For the goal line dropout law, if the ball is kicked into the try area and dotted down by the defending side, instead of a 22m dropout they will now have it from the try line.

It also means that if the ball is held up over the line in the act of scoring, instead of a five-metre scrum to the attacking team, it will now be a turnover and dropout for the defending side.

 

No aimless kicking

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday Sorovaki said the law should bring out the best in our first- five eighths.

“These kicking laws mean that our first fives must master their kicks during a match,” the former Flying Fijians captain said.

“It will give our No.10 an urgency in game management and making vital decisions moving forward in the game.

“We need to look for first fives who can master this area of the game, players like Tuidraki Samusamuvodre, Jone Manu and so on.

“With these new laws the kickers will have a purpose to kick, and this will avoid aimless kicking that used to happen.

“Such laws will be an advantage for teams that has good set pieces, imagine a good nudge down to the 22m a good lineout can result in a try.

“It will also force the defending team to avoid the ball from going out and they will want to keep the ball alive, therefore keeping the game alive will be exciting.”

Sorovaki said young first-five eighths need to sharpen their kicking game since FRU was going to introduce these laws.

“We were starting to introduce the laws to the unions but unfortunately COVID came along.

“The plan was to educate our grassroots players from the Vodafone Fiji Secondary Schools Deans competition right to the Skipper Cup.

“We are looking forward to the new season so that we can work closely with the teams in regard to the new laws.”

 

Vaccination update

Meanwhile, Sorovaki said seven out of the 24 provincial unions have sent in their players and officials vaccination cards.

“These unions are Nadi, Naitasiri, Suva, Tailevu, Lautoka, Rewa, Vatukoula,” he said.

“For now, we have only about 30 per cent of the teams that have sent in their details.

“Who knows we might have to work with these eight teams if the others keep pulling us back.”

 

Feedbacksimione.haravanua@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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