Old Approach - Penalty
New Approach - Use It (Play On)
New Approach - Use It - Scrum
Standing between the goal posts at a conversion or penalty kick?
Even the newest referees have heard the call from defending players to their teammates, as they wait for a conversion to be taken, "Get out from between the posts - You can't stand there!!"
The facts are - Nowhere in the current law book does it say anything about whether you can, or cannot, stand between the goal posts for either a conversion, or a penalty kick at goal.
Therefore, players MAY stand between the posts.
Insofar as touching the posts during a kick:
Penalty Kick at goal - This is explicitly prohibited as Law 21.5 (c) states “The opposing team must stand still with their hands by their sides from the time the kicker starts to approach to kick until the ball is kicked.”
Conversion Kick - Players should not lean on the post as this could move the post and thus, would be considered unsportsmanlike behaviour (Law 10.4 (m) - Acts contrary to good sportsmanship).
Finally - Remember that defending players MAY attempt to charge down a conversion following a Penalty Try.
Uncontested Scrums- We encounter them frequently, and how often have we been asked by players and coaches, "Can teams still use a Number 8 play?"
The answer is "Yes"
In the The Law Book under "Definitions"-
"Uncontested scrum: An uncontested scrum is the same as a normal scrum, except that the teams do not compete for the ball; the team throwing in the ball must win it, and neither team is allowed to push". (So the #8 can pick up for a back row move)
Remember though, for U19 games, the following still applies-
"Ball must be released from scrum. A player must not intentionally keep the ball in the scrum once the player’s team has heeled the ball and controls it at the base of the scrum." (U19 Variations- 20.9 k)
And finally, as always, in U10/11 matches, 'No Number 8 moves allowed (FK)'