Rules of rugby can be complicated but sometimes its the simplest things that can lose you the game. Ben Youngs Try for Leicester Tigers shows that if you don’t pay attention on the rugby field you will pay the penalty.
My article for RugbyMag.com in April 2013 looked at the impact penalties can have on a game.
Too often careless play can cause the momentum to shift in a hard fought encounter and you can lose ground gained or worse the opposing team can score as a result.
While there are a number of ways to help players avoid infringing the rules of rugby most can be avoided if the players are aware of the rules and their position and role in relation to the play in any given scenario.
Even professionals can have an off moment.
As this example from a recent game between Leicester Tigers and Bath Rugby shows, a team that concedes a penalty can actually make it worse if they switch off immediately after. Rugby is a continuous flowing game and if players drop their guard, even when the whistle has blown, the opposing team can use that to their advantage.
Awareness is everything in this example. Ben Youngs had it, the Bath XV did not and that is why they paid the penalty.
Watch and learn…
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