Any player that is tackled while in a space touching the Dead Ball line stands the chance of being dragged over it by his opposition player. The ball carriers Movement Skills are essential to keeping the ball in play and alive!
When tackled the player must make a roll to see if he is dragged over the Dead-Ball line.
What to do...
Roll both dice. If the number rolled is...
- Equal or Less then that players Ball Skill - Some fanastic skills and good foot work allows this player to keep the ball in field. The game continues as normal.
- More then that players Ball Skill - Chalk and turf fly as both players slide over the touch line in spectacular fashion.
• If it was a defender that was tackled then the attacking side is awarded a scrum 3 spaces from the try line, in line with where the tackle occured.
• If it was the attacking side that was tackled then the defending side is awarded a 22m drop out.
Furious with his inability to keep the ball in play the tackled player throws the ball away in disgust and pushes his tackler to the floor. The referee awards a penalty to the opposition in line with the tackle and on the 5 metre line (dotted line below).
Note - If the 'Flip Pass' card is used the pass is considered to be made before the player is bundled over the Dead-Ball line and therefor no 'Match Official' roll is necessary.