Stormers penalty try was correct call

    2015-03-09 08:47

    Cape Town - The penalty try awarded to the Stormers in their Super Rugby clash over the Sharks was the correct call made by referee Jaco Peyper, a law expert says.

    The Stormers received a penalty try in the 66th minute when Sharks scrumhalf Cobus Reinach played the ball from an off-side position in the in-goal area. It prevented Dillyn Leyds from scoring a try after Odwa Ndungane had knocked the ball on.

    There was confusion over whether a player can be adjudged off-side in the in-goal area, but according Rule 11.1 (b) of World Rugby's regulations, the off-side rule does exist in the in-goal area.

    Paul Dobson, a renowned rugby writer and law expert, confirmed to Netwerk24 that the correct call was made by Peyper.

    "The only thing that changes in the in-goal area where you can use your hands, is at a ruck or scrum. Odwa Ndungane knocked the ball on and there were two Stormers players who could have scored. The try would probably have been scored - therefore it is a penalty try," said Dobson.

    The Stormers won the match 29-13 at Newlands.

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