Deliberately placing team mates in front of your ball carrier is a great way to block tacklers, but it is also illegal! A player in front of the ball carrier could obstruct a defender from making a tackle, and can be penalised.
What to do...
The player is considered to be obstructing if he is STANDING in any of the 3 tackle zones in front of the ball carrier during the defending sides turn. A defender must be able to reach this tackle zone in his movement for the obstruction to be called.
- If a player is considered to be obstructing then a referee roll MUST be made.
- If the roll is failed- a penalty is awarded to the defending team on the spot where the ball is.