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Rucking and mauling offences
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Ball not released
Ball not released

When a ball carrier has been tackled to the ground, they have to let go of the ball.

No excuses - the laws say so, so you've got to release the ball.

But often players purposely hold onto the ball when they have gone down in a tackle.

This is to stop the other team getting hold of the ball and starting a quick attack.

But if the referee sees a player holding onto the ball on the ground, he will immediately award a penalty to the opposing team.

Ball not released
Handling on the ground
Dangerous rucking/stamping
Bringing down a maul

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