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21 In-goal

    Grounding the ball

    Grounding the ball
  1. The ball can be grounded in in-goal:
    1. By holding it and touching the ground with it; or
    2. By pressing down on it with a hand or hands, arm or arms, or the front of the player’s body from waist to neck.
  2. Picking up a ball is not grounding it. A player may pick up the ball in in-goal and ground it elsewhere in in-goal.
  3. An attacking player grounding the ball in in-goal scores a try.
  4. When an attacking player holding the ball grounds the ball in in-goal and simultaneously makes contact with the touch-in-goal line or the dead-ball line (or anywhere beyond either), a 22-metre drop-out is awarded to the defending team.
  5. When the ball-carrier grounds the ball in in-goal and simultaneously makes contact with the touch line (or the ground beyond), the ball is in touch in the field of play and a lineout is awarded to the opposition.
  6. A defending player grounding the ball in in-goal results in a touch down.
  7. If a tackled player has momentum that carries them into their own in-goal area, they can make a touch down.
  8. A tackled player near their own goal line may reach out and ground the ball in in-goal to make a touch down, provided it is done immediately. Sanction: Penalty.
  9. If a defending player grounds the ball against a goal post or its surrounding padding, the result is a touch down.
  10. If a player is in touch or touch-in-goal, they can make a touch down or score a try by grounding the ball in in-goal provided they are not holding the ball.
  11. If a tackled player is in the act of reaching out to ground the ball for a try or touch down, players may pull the ball from the player’s possession but must not kick or attempt to kick the ball. Sanction: Penalty.
  12. Ball kicked dead through in-goal

  13. If a team kicks the ball through their opponents’ in-goal from the field of play into touch-in-goal or on or over the dead-ball line, except by an unsuccessful kick at goal or attempted dropped goal, the defending team can choose:
    1. To have a drop-out anywhere on or behind the 22-metre line; or
    2. To have a scrum at the place where the ball was kicked.

    Defending player in in-goal

  14. If any part of a defending player is in in-goal, that player is considered to be in in-goal, provided they are not also in touch or on or over the dead-ball line.
  15. If a player who is in in-goal picks up a stationary ball within the field of play, that player has taken the ball into in-goal.
  16. If a player who is in in-goal picks up a moving ball within the field of play, that player has not taken the ball into in-goal.
  17. If a player who is on or beyond the dead-ball line or who is in touch-in-goal, picks up a stationary ball within in-goal, that player is deemed to have made the ball dead.
  18. If a player who is on or beyond the dead-ball line or who is in touch-in-goal, picks up a moving ball within in-goal, that player is not deemed to have made the ball dead.
  19. Corner flag post

  20. If the ball or ball-carrier touches a corner flag or corner flag post without otherwise being in touch or touch-in-goal, play continues unless the ball is grounded against the post.
  21. Player touches corner post before ball is grounded

    Ball held up in-goal

  22. When a player carrying the ball is held up in the in-goal so that the player cannot ground or play the ball, the ball is dead. Play restarts with a five-metre scrum, in line with the place where the player was held up. The attacking team throws in.
  23. Doubt about grounding

  24. If there is doubt about which team first grounded the ball in in-goal, play is restarts with a five-metre scrum, in line with the place where the ball was grounded. The attacking team throws in.