Frequently Ask Questions

Welcome to the 'Frequently Asked Questions' page of the Crash Tackle web site. Here you will find a selection of the common questions Crash Tackle players ask with an explanation from the CT Team.

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GENERAL

In rugby and Crash Tackle who is the 'attacking' side?
The attacking side is the team that has possesion of the ball.

In rugby and Crash Tackle who is the 'defending' side?
The defending side is the team that does not have possesion of the ball.

If Team A scores. Does the restart happen in Team B's turn?
Team A’s turn ends when they score the try and attempt the conversion. Team B's turn starts there turn with the restart (kickoff).

If my ball carrier is tackled when over the tryline is the try still scored?
YES. The try is scored. However if the player is tackled on a space containing the tryline then a TMO (Television match official) roll must be made.

If I fail a dice roll can I still turn my Grounded players to their feet?
YES. Grounded player stand up at the end of your turn. Failing a dice roll ends your turn.

Can a try be scored on top of a grounded player?
NO. A player can not end his turn on top of a grounded player and as try would technically end the turn this is not allowed.

On the rugby field hexes that are split in half by the try lines, are these spaces considered within the in-goal area?
YES. However, scoring on these spaces will require a TMO (Television match official) roll to determine iff the try is scored.

On the rugby field, hexes that are split in half by the 22m lines, are these spaces considered part of the 22m area?
YES.

What if I want to do something not specifically covered in the Crash Tackle rulebook?
Crash Tackle is able to mimic most real rugby union situations, so if there is a debate simply think of how a real game of rugby would be played and apply this to the Crash Tackle board game. Or email us and we'll offer some advice.


MOVEMENT

Can I move my player onto a grounded player and attempt to gather the ball from there?
NO. You are allowed to Move over grounded players but you can not end your turn standing ontop of one. In this situation the fact that you may fail the Gather roll could mean that you end your turn ontop of that grounded player. It is therefor not allowed.

Refering to the above question. If I had a Safe Hands card could I stand on top of a Grounded player and gather the ball before moving away?
YES. As long as your player is able to Move off of the grounded player after Gathering, then this would be perfectly legal..

If I move a player, i.e. a forward, 3 spaces and then I move another player can I still move that forward his remaining 2 spaces?
NO. If you move a player and then move another, you can not return to the previous player and finish moves he had left over. Unused moves are lost.

Can a player move over or stand on the space occupied by the rugby pole?
NO. A player can not move through or onto the space occupied by the pole uprights. He CAN move through or onto the spaces occupied by the crossbar.


GATHERING THE BALL

If a situation occurs where neither team can legally Gather the ball, how do we resolve it?
Although rare, this situation may occur. If the ball can not be legally Gathered then a Scrum must be awarded to the defending* team on the spot where the ball is.

*the team that does not have the ball.

If my scrumhalf (no.9) gathers can he move before using his 'free' pass?
NO. He must use his 'free' pass immediately after gathering the ball. If he moves first he will have to roll the dice as usual to make the pass.

How often can I Gather the ball in my turn?
You can Gather the ball as often as you like in your turn as long as you do not fail the dice roll.


KICKING THE BALL

Surely if I score under the posts the conversion kick should be a lot easier?
YES. Scoring on the target spot under the posts means you automatically get the conversion kick!

If I kick the ball must I place the ball 10 spaces or can place it closer spaces if I want?
You can kick the ball up to 10 spaces so you can place it anywhere from 1 to 10 spaces away. If you are using the Advanced Rules then remember some of you're players can use cards to kick a lot further!

In a kick-off, if I kick the ball on and empty space. Can I move a player in the space under the ball? In this case, in my opponents turn, can my player gather the ball, like in the mis-kick rule?
NO. You can not place your player under the ball if you kick the ball.


PASSING THE BALL

Can the ball be Passed or 'Flip Passed' to an empty space?
NO. A Pass must be made to a team mate.

If your Scrumhalf gathers the ball and is immediately tackled, can he still make his 'free' pass?
NO. He is considered to be wrapped up in the tackle and so unable to get the pass away.

I have a doubt about the ball pass rule. Where will be the ball placed if you miss the dice roll?
The ball stays on the player who had the ball - So if number 10 was going to pass to number 12 and he fails the dice roll, then the ball satys on number 10 and your turn ends.

When can I pass?
In your turn you can pass at any time. This can be before, after or during a players movement. A player can move a few spaces, pass and then complete his move. It is also possible for a player to move, receive a pass, and then continue his movement.


TACKLING

If I have the ball and I am tackled while in my dead ball area is the ball considered to be touched down?
YES. If you carried the ball into the Dead Ball area you opponents are awarded a 5m scrum. If you received the ball from within the dead ball area you awarded a 22m Drop Out.

If my player is tackled can he still pass the ball?
NO. The tackle is considered to occur immediately and your player is wrapped up in the tackle and can not get the pass away. The only exception to this rule may be the use of a Pressure Play card.

If I have the ball can I be tackled in my opponents turn?
NO. If you have the ball then tackling will only happen in your turn. The best your opponent can do in his turn is position his players next to yours and force the tackle when your turn starts. An excepetion to this would be foul play like a Dangerous Tackle.


FOUL PLAY

What happens if I have a player (with the ball) on my opponents tryline and he is hit with a Dangerous Tackle from my opponent?
As normal both players are grounded and a referee roll is made for the Dangerous tackle. A TMO roll must also be made to see if the try has been scored.

If I am awarded a penalty after the full time siren has sounded, can I still take the penalty?
YES. You may choose to kick at poles if within range, take a scrum or kick for touch and receive the Line-out throw-in!

If my opponent performs a Dangerous Tackle on my player, can my player use a 'Hand-Off' card to negate the tackle?
NO. The 'Hand-Off' card can only be used in your turn as described on the card. The Dangerouds Tackle can only occur during your opponents turn. It is assumed that your player is not expecting such an underhanded tackle and therefor unable to hand it off.


PRESSURE PLAY CARDS

Can I use the 'Cool Catch' card when the opponent kicks off?
YES. If the ball fails to land over the 10m line after playing the card, then a scrum is awarded to your team on the centre spot. Remember you can also play advantage!

How many cards can I use at a time?
As many as you like. For example you could use 3 Breakaways, a Hand-Off and Crash Tackle card all in one go!!!

If I play advantage and make use of any Pressure Play Cards during that time do I get them back if I decide not to continue playing and settle for scrum/penalty?
NO. If you use them in whilst playing advantage then they are used for good!

Can I 'Hand-off' a tackle and then play the 'Crash Tackle' card?
YES. All the opponents in the spaces around you will be grounded as your player simply shrugs them off and remains on his feet!

If a player uses the 'Flip Pass' card are you allowed to move another player into range before the pass is made?
YES.

Can I move my player before using the 'Cool Catch' card?
YES.


SCRUMS

If I win the scrum and I place the ball on the scrum half (no.9), does he get the free pass?
NO. Technically he has not rolled for the Gather and therefor does not get the free pass.

With scrums, does the ball automatically go to the 9 to the winning team?
The ball can be placed on the 9 or 8. Winners choice.

With scrums, who sets up first?
The attacking side sets up first. That is the side who is awarded the scrum.


LINEOUTS

With line outs, who sets up first?
The attacking side sets up first. So the side who is awarded the line out.

Can the Smooth Pass be used to throw the ball into the Line-out?
NO.

Can my player run into touch with the ball?
YES, but the opposition will receive a line out on the space where he crosses the touch line.